Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
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Mallya's allegations 'serious', Jaitley should step down: Rahul Gandhi

Mallya's allegations 'serious', Jaitley should step down: Rahul Gandhi

With Vijay Mallya's remarks snowballing into a major political controversy, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should order an independent probe into the matter and said that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley should step down from his post until the completion of the probe.

Embattled businessman Vijay Mallya told reporters outside London's Westminster Magistrates' Court that he met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before leaving the country and offered to settle his dues with the Indian banks.

Vijay Mallya claims to have made a "very comprehensive offer" before the Karnataka High Court, so that everybody gets paid! So, when finance minister gave statements in Parliament on Vijay Mallya issue, he should have mentioned about this meeting with Mallya.

In his Facebook blog, Jaitley that he had never given Mallya any appointment.

Singhvi said the Congress had repeatedly asserted for the past over 18 months that not only Vijay Mallya, but also Nirav Modi, Choksi and many others have been allowed to leave the country with impunity.

Jaitley added that Mallya, a member of the Rajya Sabha, occasionally attended Parliament and that he "misused" that privilege on one occasion.

He said Mallya, while walking alongside, "uttered a sentence that "I am making an offer of settlement". Having been fully briefed about his earlier bluff offers, I cut short the conversation and curtly told him that there is no point talking to me and he must make offers to his bankers.

"I did not even receive the papers he was holding in his hand", Jaitley said.

The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airline boss, who has been on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April 2017, responded to the swarm of reporters gathered outside the court in his characteristic manner, saying the "courts will decide".

Jaitley was the Finance Minister in 2016 when the Kingfisher Airline chief fled India. "I don't believe I owe you any further details". "There was no need to run and the allegations are media-created allegations", he also said.

Rahul Gandhi during his United Kingdom visit alleged that Modi government is not serious on Vijay Mallya's extradition and also alleged that the fraudulent Businessman met senior BJP leaders and that he did not want to name them.

As for Swamy, he repeated the content of his claims made in June and tweeted once again on Wednesday, "I learn from my sources that the Lookout Notice issued by CBI for Mallya was modified from "Block Departure" to "Report Departure" on October 24, 2015 on orders from someone in MoF". What transpired in these meetings?

In a series of tweets, Kejriwal asked, "Why did the finance minister hide this information till now? People want to know", he said.

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