Mallya-Jaitley meeting: Nirmala Sitharaman says Congress’ demand for FM’s resignation motivated

Mallya-Jaitley meeting: Nirmala Sitharaman says Congress’ demand for FM’s resignation motivated

"That is the truth", he told reporters outside a Westminster Magistrate court where he is fighting an extradition case filed by Indian authorities.

Earlier today, Mallya, who left India in March 2016, claimed that he had met the Finance Minister before leaving for London. "He (Mallya) was given a free passage out of the country by the Finance Minister", said Rahul.

Recalling the occasion when Mallya "misused" his position as an MP, Jaitley wrote that the fraud accused had paced up to catch up with him when the FM was walking out of the House to go to his room.

But the disclosure by Rohatgi about his suspicion of a tip-off reflects the gravity of the unanswered questions swirling around Mallya's flight, which have assumed greater significance after the finance minister himself confirmed that an encounter did take place before the defaulter escaped.

"There is a reason why Rahul Gandhi has formed a mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) with Vijay Mallya and relies on such fugitives' statements - ever since the Narendra Modi government brought in the Fugitive Economic Offender's Law - bhagodas (absconders) and potential bhagodas are feeling anxious", Poonawalla alleged.

The leader of India's opposition Congress Party has called for the resignation of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over what he termed an act of "collusion" in the case of Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya - an accusation Jaitley denies. "On March 1, 2016, when I was in Central Hall of Parliament House, I witnessed Arun Jaitley and Vijay Mallya talking discretely".

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Vijay Mallya is accused of siphoning-off Rs 9,000 crore from various banks.

"I have made a comprehensive settlement offer before the Karnataka High Court in India and hope the honourable judges will consider it favourably".

Asked why his passport was not impounded after registration of FIR in 2015, agency sources emphasised that according to a Supreme Court judgement, the passport of a person can only be impounded when he has been charge-sheeted or if a trial is pending against him.

Neither has the BJP explicitly denied Mallya's claim, confining itself to saying "a culprit" can not be trusted and has no credibility.

He also hit out at CBI saying that the notice issued by CBI against Mallya was diluted from "Block" to "Report" departure, allowing him to depart with 54 checked luggage. Originally, the lookout notice for him was to stop him and hand him over to the police.

Gandhi wondered that when the "absconder" had informed the finance minister about leaving the country, why did he not notify it to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or Enforcement Directorate (ED). "We had no reason to doubt that he will leave the country", added the officer.

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