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Vijay Mallya issue on table, British PM Theresa May drops by Arun Jaitley meeting

Arun Jaitley met Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond at his office in No 11 Downing Street in London.

By: PTI Written by ADITI KHANNA | London | Updated: March 1, 2017 4:08 pm
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British Prime Minister Theresa May today dropped in on a meeting between Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and his UK counterpart during which the issue of “certain individuals who have overstayed” here figured, official sources told PTI.

Jaitley met Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond at his office in No 11 Downing Street in London.

Brexit and its implications on India-UK ties and the issue of “certain individuals who have overstayed their welcome” in Britain, in an apparent reference to liquor baron Vijay Mallya, were among the topics that were touched upon during the “drop-in”, sources said.

WATCH VIDEO | From Brexit To Mallya, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Discusses Key Issues With His UK Counterpart

“It sends a signal, like her visit to India did last November when she chose the country as her first outside Europe. The message on Brexit was that it is not a mandate for protectionism and that the UK looks forward to being an open trading nation outside the European Union (EU),” sources said.

Mallya, the chief of the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines, moved to UK in March last year after banks began legal action to recover around $1.4 billion owed by the airline.

Earlier this month, the Government formally requested the UK to extradite him to India to stand trial for alleged loan default and money laundering.

During his talks with Hammond, Jaitley discussed a range of issues around the forthcoming India-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue and the India-UK sub-fund under the National Infrastructure Fund.

Earlier in the day, the Minister held meetings with investors organised by JP Morgan. After a meeting with UK-based investors organised by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), he will head back to India at the end of his five-day visit.

Yesterday at a media briefing, Jaitley had said: “We take this issue of defaults against the financial system in India very seriously and we have already sent a strong signal that

if (you) dupe the exchequer or dupe the banking system, the government of India will lend its full support to all financial institutions to recover up to their last pie…because of this strong position…some defaulters are on the run. Being on the run, they find refuge in certain other jurisdictions, exploiting the systems in other parts of the world.”

Jaitley represented India at the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture at Buckingham Palace in London last night.

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  1. M
    Feb 28, 2017 at 11:55 pm
    Arun Jaitley thinks Teresa May is some leader like Modi to discuss about a criminal Mallaya. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;What would Arun Jaitely tell Teresa May:lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Arun Jaitley: Teresa JI, we Indiots by accident sent an economic criminal 'accidentally' in the private Jet of RAW. We couldn't find any record of his exit from the country through any civil air ports. Therefore we have concluded that it must be by a RAW jet only. So I beg to ask you to give us your MI.5 for a week to find where Shri Mallayaji is hiding in London.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Teresa May: FK off you @$@and)@)@.
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      Chandra Shekar
      Mar 1, 2017 at 6:37 pm
      British courts will have to rule if !allya can be extradited under the existing treaty between the 2 countries. No amount of pressure from a foreign government can pressurise the judiciary. Often, they have ruled against the British Government!
      1. S
        Satendra kumar
        Mar 1, 2017 at 5:14 am
        Britain should obliged international and both countries declaration of extradition so Mallya can brought to India's juridication system for corruption.
        1. V
          Mar 1, 2017 at 5:18 am
          The are stealing the kajal in the eyes of indians... This all BJP or Congress or AAP all are same birds fall together ... What BJP done to corruption they remove Congress to get Acha din... Where is Acha dine all Acha Din for BJP and PM.. Jai Hind
          1. V
            Mar 1, 2017 at 5:20 am
            True... A person could not win the loksabha he is Finance Minister of India... Bad Lucks of ....
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