Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya on Wednesday said that he met Arun Jaitley before leaving India, even as the finance minister was quick to deny any such meeting and said the statement is “factually false”.
The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airline boss, who arrived to appear before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, told reporters that he had met the minister and offered to settle the issue with the banks.
“I left India because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva. Before leaving I met the finance minister and offered to settle (the issue with the banks), Mallya said, without naming the minister.
Arun Jaitley was the Finance Minister in 2016 when Mallya left India. Read the full story here
Mallya has claimed that he met Jaitley before leaving India, even as the FM denied it. Read in Malayalam, Bangla Tamil
PM should immediately order an independent probe: Rahul Gandhi after Vijay Mallya claims he met Jaitley
After several Congress leaders attacked the government over embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya's claims that he had met Arun Jaitley before leaving for London, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that Prime Minister Modi should order a probe into the mater.
Given Vijay Mallya’s extremely serious allegations in London today, the PM should immediately order an independent probe into the matter. Arun Jaitley should step down as FInance Minister while this probe is underway.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 12, 2018
UK court to deliver its verdict in Mallya case on December 10
Meanwhile, a UK court on Wednesday fixed December 10 as the date to deliver its verdict on whether beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya can be extradited to India to face charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crores. Marking the conclusion of the trial, Westminster Magistrates’ Court Judge Emma Arbuthnot fixed December 10 as the date on which she expects to deliver her verdict, reports PTI.“There is an awful lot to go over… The most important point is the prima facie case,” the judge said, indicating that other issues relating to prison conditions would be secondary. Mallya has now been bailed to appear before the court on December 10, marking the conclusion of the year-long extradition trial which opened on December 4 last year. Read More
Only Jaitley can explain why he didn't tell about his meeting with Mallya: Congress leader Anand Sharma
Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma today said that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley should have mentioned about his meeting with Vijay Mallya in Parliament. "Vijay Mallya has run away after looting money from banks. Govt had this information. So,when Finance Minister gave statements in Parliament on Vijay Mallya issue, he should have mentioned about this meeting with Mallya. Only FM can tell why he didn't tell about it," he told reporters.
Watch Mallya speaking outside a London court and clarifying his statement that he met Arun Jaitley
When Mallya was asked that whether he met any other BJP leader before he left for London, the liquor baron said: "Over a period of time, I have met many colleagues in Parliament & expressed to them my desire to settle with the banks. I don't believe I owe you any further details."
#WATCH: Vijay Mallya outside London Court clarifies on his statement that he met Finance Minister before leaving from the country, says "I happened to meet Mr Jaitley in Parliament & told him that I am leaving for London... I did not have any formal meetings scheduled with him." pic.twitter.com/U0ZnbKXrnM
— ANI (@ANI) September 12, 2018
Not only Jaitley, entire BJP must come clean on relations with Mallya: Yashwant Sinha
Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Wednesday said that the entire BJP leadership, not just Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, must come clean on its ties with embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, reports PTI. Sinha's remarks came soon after Mallya, facing charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore, said in London that he met the finance minister before leaving India last year.
"Not only the finance minister, the entire BJP must come clean on its relations with Vijay Mallya," tweeted Sinha, a former union finance minister who has been critical of Jaitley and his handling of the ministry.
Kejriwal calls Mallya's claims on meeting Jaitley 'absolutely shocking'
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday described as "absolutely shocking" the revelation by fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya that he met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before leaving India. In a series of tweets, Kejriwal asked, "Why did the finance minister hide this information till now?" "Absolutely shocking,"
"PM Modi meets Neerav Modi before he flees the country. FM meets Vijay Mallya before he flees India. What transpired in these meetings? People want to know (sic)," Kejriwal said.
Made comprehensive settlement offer before Karnataka High Court: Mallya
Liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is facing money laundering charges in multi-crore fraud case in India, said on Wednesday he had made a “comprehensive settlement” offer before the Karnataka High Court that will help in paying off all his dues. The remarks by Mallya came as he arrived at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court for a hearing in his extradition case, during which the judge is expected to review a video of the Mumbai jail cell prepared by the Indian authorities for the embattled liquor tycoon, reports PTI.
The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airline boss, who has been on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April last year, responded to the swarm of reporters gathered outside the court in his characteristic manner, saying the “courts will decide”. READ MORE
Congress attacks govt after Mallya claims he met finance minister
The Congress on Wednesday spared no chance to target the government after Vijay Mallya claimed he met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The party said that the government must explain how and why Vijay Mallya was allowed to leave India. The government, Congress said, was fully complicit in the flight of people like Mallya and others from the country. reports PTI. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the country wants to know what transpired during the meetings between Mallya and Jaitley. "The government should now explain how and why he was allowed to leave and what transpired at those meetings. The nation wants to know," he said.
Vijay Mallya says he met Arun Jaitley before leaving India, FM refutes charges
In a sensational claim, embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya on Wednesday said that he met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before leaving India and offered to settle the issue with the banks. Arun Jaitley was the Finance Minister in 2016 when Mallya left India. “I left because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva. I met the finance minister before I left. Repeated my offer to settle with the banks. That’s the truth,” Mallya claimed while talking to reporters outside London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court, which is hearing his extradition case.