Jaitley rubbishes Mallya’s claim of having met him, calls it "factually false"

Vijay Mallya smokes outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London on Wednesday. — Reuters

Vijay Mallya smokes outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London on Wednesday. — Reuters

With Vijay Mallya having claimed that he met Arun Jaitley before leaving the country, the Finance Minister on Wednesday said the fugitive liquor baron's statement "is factually false".

Arun Jaitley, who was the finance minister in 2016 when Mallya left India, denied the liquor baron's claim. Mallya also said he was not "tipped off" by anyone to flee the country.

However, reacting to this, Jaitley said Jaitley said he had never given Mallya any appointment to meet him since 2014 and "the question of his having met me does not arise". Congress added, the Finance minister must reveal details of his alleged meetings with Jaitley.

Jaitley said that Mallya used his privilege as a Rajya Sabha member and accosted him in the corridor of the Parliament. He paced up to catch up with me and while walking uttered a sentence that "I am making an offer of settlement". He added that he told Mallya that there was no point talking to him and that he should instead hold talks with the banks.

Mallya's statement has dealt a massive blow to the BJP-led NDA government that is now battling multiple challenges, including the depreciation of the rupee and rising fuel prices.

"Vijay Mallya left India with the country's money after a farewell from Arun Jaitley".

The extradition trial, which opened at the London court on December 4, 2017, is aimed at laying out a prima facie case of fraud against Mallya.

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

Taking to Twitter, Swamy had written that Mallya had met someone "powerful, ' who had managed to change 'Look Out Notice for him at airports" to just 'reporting his departure.' Swamy had tweeted, "Mallya could not escape from India because of a strong Look Out Notice for him at airports". He has been engaged in a legal battle over his extradition to India on charges of banking fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi should immediately order an independent probe into Mallya's "extremely serious allegations" and Jaitley should step down while the investigation is underway. What transpired in these meetings?

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, too, described as "absolutely shocking" the revelation by Vijay Mallya and asked, "Why did the finance minister hide this information till now?" "People want to know (sic)", Kejriwal said.

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the government was "fully complicit" in the flight of Mr Mallya and Punjab National Bank fraud accused Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi from India.

While Vijay Mallya's statement about his meeting with Arun Jaitley put a start to huge political storm, Congress and other opposition parties are showing it a proof of corrupted Businessman fleeing the country with the conspiracy of the Government itself.

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