Mallya-Jaitley meeting in Parliament corridors sparks controversy

Vijay Mallya,Mallya extradition hearing,Mallya in Uk court

Vijay Mallya,Mallya extradition hearing,Mallya in Uk court

On the last day of Vijay Mallya's extradition trial at Westminster Magistrate court in London, when it was expected that the court argument would revolve around the state of Arthur Road prison in Mumbai, where the flamboyant industrialist is expected to be lodged if extradited, Mallya turned the narrative by claiming that he had met finance minister Arun Jaitley before he left India. "The statement is factually false inasmuch as it does not reflect truth", he said in a Facebook post. Afterwards, Mallya clarified he didn't have any formal meeting with Jaitley but had happened to meet Mr. Jaitley in Parliament, telling him about his departure to London.

"He paced up to catch up with me and while walking uttered a sentence that "I am making an offer of settlement", the Minister said. In his response, while Jaitley did not deny meeting Mallya or the latter's offer of settling the bank loans, the finance minister accused the billionaire businessman of abusing the House privileges.

Back home, the Congress pounced upon Mallya's comment and demanded that the government explain how the embattled industrialist was allowed to leave India and demanded a thorough inquiry.

Kejriwal's other tweet read, "PM Modi meets Neerav Modi before he flees the country. In this anticipation, he (Mallya) left earlier", Jaitley had said, adding that "it would have been better had banks started the process earlier".

The lawyer further said, "There is no evidence that Mallya or Kingfisher applied for bank loans with bad intent".

Now the question will be asked as to why Jaitley did not disclose his the content of his conversation with Mallya before even if this had taken place inside the parliament premises. "If I'm wrong I'll resign from politics", said Punia. "My conscience is clear and (I) put nearly Rs 15,000 crore worth of assets on the table of the Karnataka High Court", he said.

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The extradition trial, which opened at the London court on December 4 a year ago, is aimed at laying out a prima facie case of fraud against Mallya.

"Besides this one sentence exchange where he misused his privilege as a Rajya Sabha Member, in order to further his commercial interest as a bank debtor, there is no question of my having ever given him an appointment to meet me".

"It was a totally innocent statement made by me that I told Jaitley that I was going to London", Mallya said at the end of his extradition case hearing at the court, when the judge fixed December 10 as the date for verdict in the case. I feel like a scapegoat.

He added: "There are documents that show how the RBI and UPA under Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh had given "sweet deals" to Kingfisher Airlines".

Mallya, an alleged financial offender, is facing charges of bank fraud and money laundering in India, amounting to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore.

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