PM owes answer on why Mallya was allowed to go: CM Kejriwal

“Since CBI directly reports to PM, PM owes an answer why Mallya was allowed to leave India. CBI couldn’t have allowed without approval from top,” Kejriwal tweeted.

By: Express News Service | Delhi | Published:March 13, 2016 1:42 am
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was answerable about why chairman of UB Group Vijay Mallya was allowed to leave the country.

“Since CBI directly reports to PM, PM owes an answer why Mallya was allowed to leave India. CBI couldn’t have allowed without approval from top,” Kejriwal tweeted.

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Mallya has been termed a ‘wilful defaulter’ and is accused of defaulting on loans of over Rs 9,000 crore.

The Indian Express reported Saturday that the Serious Fraud Investigation Office had issued notices to 17 companies that lent money to Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines, now defunct,

Mallya has claimed all inquiries have failed to find any evidence of misappropriation of funds by him and Kingfisher Airlines.

Apart from SBI, United Bank of India and Punjab National Bank have declared Kingfisher and Mallya wilful defaulters.

Hitting out at the Prime Minister, Kejriwal also referred to Modi’s tweet on the rollback of excise duty on non-branded gold jewellery and accused his government of back-stabbing jewellers. “Modi Govt has back stabbed Jewellers. Modi govt doing same what UPA was doing,” Kejriwal said in another tweet, referring to an old tweet by the Prime Minister, in which he had asked the UPA government to roll back excise duty on non-branded gold jewellery.

Meanwhile, AAP demanded that the Centre roll back the 1 per cent excise duty on gold and said it stands by traders who will hold a protest rally at Ramlila Maidan on March 17.

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