Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Rahul Gandhi seeks Arun Jaitley's resignation over Mallya case

Rahul Gandhi seeks Arun Jaitley's resignation over Mallya case

Vijay Mallya stands outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain, September 12, 2018.

Responding to a query sent by The Indian Express over Mallya's meeting with Jaitley and details of offer of settlement, Clare Montgomery, Mallya's lawyer in the extradition case in London, said: "I am not permitted under my professional rules to make any comment about this case, either on or off the record". "That's the truth", he maintained. Goyal, Prasad and Sitharaman said the letters were written to the Reserve Bank of India and State Bank of India during the UPA's rule to help Mallya.

Narendra Modi to booth-level BJP workers on Thursday.

"Mr Jaitley is lying, the government is lying on Rafale and the government is lying on Vijay Mallya".

Describing it as an "open and shut case of collusion", the Congress chief said there was some deal between Jaitley and Mallya, and demanded the finance minister's resignation and a probe into the matter.

At a press conference minutes later, Rahul Gandhi said one of its leaders had witnessed Arun Jaitley and Vijay Mallya having a discussion in parliament just two days before the fugitive tycoon's flight to the UK.

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Mallya, who is wanted in India for defaulting on bank loans to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore, has been in the United Kingdom since March 2016.

"My attention has been drawn to a statement made to the media by Vijay Mallya on having met me with an offer of settlement". She said a brief conversation that Mallya had with Jaitley in a corridor of Parliament is being "played up" and asserted that responses to the issue have "reinforced" the fact it was not a conversation of any merit.

March 8, 2016: The consortium moves the Supreme Court to freeze the passport of Mallya, who had reached London almost a week earlier.

But the BJP rejected Punia's claim.

Unlike his party, BJP parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy appears to have taken Mallya's claim at face value.

On a day when BJP leader Subramanian Swamy joined Congress to allege that the vigil against Mallya was lowered on a objective, sources in the agency claimed that the "detain" order had been issued by mistake. Look Out Notice was diluted on Oct 24, 2015 from "Block" to "Report" departure enabling Mallya to depart with 54 checked luggage items. 2. "Mallya told FM in Central Hall of Parliament that he was leaving for London". Originally, the lookout notice for him was to stop him and hand him over to the police. The CBI had initially sought detention of Mallya but later asked the bureau to merely inform it of his movements. "It was agreed that they would meet Monday morning to get an order from the Supreme Court restraining Mallya from leaving the country".

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