Congress targets govt on Vijay Mallya, Arun Jaitley says what about Quattrocchi

"Rahulji must remember that there is a difference between Mallya going abroad and (Ottavio) Quattrocchi going abroad," said Jaitley.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 11, 2016 5:02 am
Shia Central Board of Waqfs Rahul asked how the government allowed liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who owes over Rs 9,000 crore to banks, to leave the country.

A day after the Attorney General informed the Supreme Court that liquor baron Vijay Mallya, facing a probe into alleged loan default, had left the country on March 2, a political row erupted over his departure.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi accused the government of “helping” Mallya leave the country, a charge rejected by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who reminded the main Opposition party that it was in power when Bofors accused Ottavio Quattrocchi left India.

Underlining that there was a difference between the two cases, Jaitley said that by the time Mallya left, the banks had not initiated the legal process. “That day, there was no order of any agency to stop him (from leaving the country)”. He said Mallya left the country before the banks moved the Supreme Court for seizure of his passport.

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In Rajya Sabha, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad accused the government of “criminal conspiracy” in letting Mallya fly out of the country. In Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said Mallya is “no saint for us” and that he has “not been given a single penny” by the government.

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Outside the House, Rahul Gandhi said the entire country was questioning why the government was “helping” people like Mallya and not keeping its promise of bringing back black money and “giving Rs 15 lakh into every person’s bank account”.

Maintaining that the government’s ‘fair and lovely’ tax amnesty scheme was only helping those converting black black money into white, he said: “When a poor man steals, he is beaten up and thrown into jail. Someone who does not have food to eat and steals a roti is beaten up and put behind bars and a big businessmen who steals Rs 9,000 crore, you allow him to escape in First Class from the country. What is this happening?”

“We simply asked that someone who stole Rs 9,000 crore from the country, how did he run away from the country. How did you allow him to escape? This is the simple question and we neither got a reply to this from Modiji nor from Jaitleyji. The question is why did your government allow him to run away from the country,” Rahul told reporters.

Jaitley hit back: “Rahulji should remember that there is a basic difference in Mallya leaving (the country) and Quattrochi going out (of India). And let me explain him the difference. When officials of Switzerland informed that Quattrochi was also among the beneficiaries of Bofors and though the person who was heading the CBI investigation earlier, K Madhavan, wrote a letter that his passport should be impounded, the then government had not stopped him and within two days he left India. That was a criminal case.”

Speaking in Rajya Sabha, Jaitley said banks are taking necessary steps to recover money from Mallya and have been asked to recover “every penny that is due”. He cited that loans were extended to Mallya in 2004 and renewed in 2008 — during UPA I — and were declared non-performing assets in 2009 — during UPA II. “In what circumstances were the loans given is an issue of investigation and the CBI is investigating… How these accounts were running, what facilities were given, the dates tell their own story… when the loans were given, how they were given,” he said without naming the UPA.

On Ghulam Nabi Azad’s remark that Mallya should not be allowed to become “second Lalit Modi”, Jaitley said “you” imposed FEMA on Lalit Modi before his exit while the more serious PMLA was imposed only after he left the country. “Aap ko aatmanirikshan karne ki zaroorat padegi (you need to introspect),” he said.

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First Published on: March 11, 2016 4:52 am
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    One God
    Mar 10, 2016 at 12:27 pm
    So BJP will look at what congress has done and try to outshine them by doing worse? What kind of stupid logic is this Mr Jaitley?
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      One God
      Mar 10, 2016 at 12:28 pm
      So mr jaitley, we can ume that there is no difference between bjp and congress.
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        Archana Das
        Mar 10, 2016 at 11:34 am
        So argument is my chor is better than your one. Stop fooling us. Kanahiya's parents survive with 3000 rs per month, give them some money
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          Bharat
          Mar 10, 2016 at 10:01 pm
          NOT TRUE dopey
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            Bharat
            Mar 10, 2016 at 9:57 pm
            Pathetic Rahul - trying to pick faults with BJP at every turn - and failing miserably and making himself ridiculed by everyone - he needs to go and actually do a real job
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              Vas
              Mar 10, 2016 at 10:00 pm
              Bro he I'd not BJP mp..check your knowledge first
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                Ding Dong
                Mar 10, 2016 at 12:15 pm
                I think moron Rahul's mouth must ne taped so that he does waste ptecious parliamentary time. His pathetic questions need not be answered and the Government should move on to pther business.
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                  Akshay
                  Mar 10, 2016 at 2:48 pm
                  People calling him congress nominee in Rajya Sabha without knowing the facts. He is a BJP nominee.
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                    Rovin
                    Mar 10, 2016 at 2:15 pm
                    KFA is struggling since 2008, you know that?
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                      Rovin
                      Mar 10, 2016 at 2:12 pm
                      No ... Mussis are blindly following congi.. That is why they are commenting bow and did not do then.
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                        Rovin
                        Mar 10, 2016 at 2:17 pm
                        Why congi supporters and Aaptards are asking questions? When the w India knows they are hand in hand and Mallya was RS member appointed by Congress. Keep some gress to hide yourselves
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                          Amrita
                          Mar 10, 2016 at 12:27 pm
                          The example was quoted to make a point. It just reflects you need to do your homework before attempting to make the NDA led Government uncomfortable. Theres also the case of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy when probably Anderson was let off the hook. The names of those who helped him are in the public domain and probably include Mr Rajiv hi and Mr Arjun Singh. Mr Jaitley chose to mention the Q case as its closer to home given he was Italian and the Bofors link. He is making a distinction but definitely not justifying it. To those who just spread stories even on this thread, like the Congress VP there has been some movement on the Lalit Modi case as well. India needs to do its homework.
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                            ATISH MUKHERJI
                            Mar 10, 2016 at 8:53 pm
                            Mr. Jaitley forgot about Bhopal and Andersson , to whom Arjun Singh ( MP chief minister in 1984) provided safe page to USA on the direct instruction of PV Narsimha Rao (Foreign minister 1984) and Rajeev hi. Dear Rahul, you never did your homework or prashant kishor botched up.. anyway you are pathetic.
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                              BKA
                              Mar 10, 2016 at 4:03 pm
                              How about Indian common men Mr. Jaitley? You owe an explanation to them and all out efforts to bring him back. CBI report says it had notified all the immigration exit points well in advance . You all politicians are blind folded and just like fishes in the same pond. You all are defrauding Indian public of thousands of crores of rupees by hook or crook, through corruption or through public sector banks
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                                Barb Dewyre
                                Mar 10, 2016 at 11:04 am
                                And we thought we had voted for a party with a difference!
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                                  Barb Dewyre
                                  Mar 10, 2016 at 12:05 pm
                                  BJP is indeed a Congress Cow.
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                                    Bijan Mohanty
                                    Mar 10, 2016 at 4:38 pm
                                    Mr. Jaitley should confine himself to the issue of Vijay Mallya. Talking of Quatrochhi does not absolve him from his commissions and omissions. There is widespread allegation that Mallya could not have escaped without the hidden support of present Modi Govt. and both Modiji and Mr. Jaitley are answerable for this fiasco. What UPA or Rajiv/Rahul hi did or did not is inconsequential at this moment.
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                                      Kaliyug
                                      Mar 11, 2016 at 2:58 pm
                                      The Congress has run out of any good ideas except to defraud the country, no wonder the in diapers is always spreading his leaky mouth like a leaky diaper.
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                                        Nampurath Krishna
                                        Mar 10, 2016 at 3:53 pm
                                        Pity to find the adult baby - pappu, following the footsteps of foot-in-mouth legends of his party in the ilk of Diggy, Pak lover Aiyar, Sibbal etc. to fall flat exhibiting false camaraderie.
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                                          CP Nair
                                          Mar 10, 2016 at 2:42 pm
                                          Does Arun Jetley take the corrupt rule of UPA as the benchmark of honesty and efficiency for his govt?
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                                            Sekhar
                                            Mar 11, 2016 at 5:09 am
                                            First prosecute the bankers who loaned to people like Mallya
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