Arun Jaitley slams at Mallya for false claim

Arun Jaitley was the Finance Minister in 2016 when Mallya left India

Gandhi's press conference, his second in a fortnight with an earlier one on the Rafale deal, sought to corner both Jaitley and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

For its part, the BJP lined up party big guns with counter-allegations about how Mallya was helped by the UPA regime to keep his debt-ridden aviation venture afloat. Let him just accept he did. You did not stop him because you were colluding with him. I challenge the government to release the video footage from the CCTV cameras of Parliament.

Swamy also claimed that the dilution had been done at a very high level. "Another question is who converted an arrest notice into inform notice?"

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Senior Supreme Court lawyer Dushyant Dave says he offered this advice after top SBI management, having an inkling that Mallya may flee India, insisted on meeting Dave on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

Jaitley has rebutted Mallya's claim as "factually false" saying he never had any structured meeting with him and it was a brief conversation which Mallya forced on him by misusing his privileges as a Rajya Sabha member at that time. The UPA government passed some laws but never made rules, she said. "These letters show us how the previous dispensation under Sonia Gandhi was biased, partial and kept all norms and regulations at bay to give a sweet deal to Kingfisher Airlines", he alleged.

Attacking Rahul Gandhi at a press meet, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson Sambit Patra, showing a purported confessional statement of a hawala trader, alleged that the Congress chief had links with a shell company.

The statement from the Finance Minister came minutes after Mallya claimed that met Jaitley before fleeing out of the country and offered to settle the amount he owed to the banks.

Rahul Gandhi, Mr Patra said, took a loan of Rs 1 crore from Vijay Mallya. He was of the opinion that Jaitley met Mallya a day before he left the country and this fact is "completely true".

The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss, who appeared before the Westminster Magistrates' Court in a case regarding his extradition to India to face the trial on fraud and money laundering charges, was asked by reporters if he was "tipped off" to leave the country.

"I left India because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva".

FILE PHOTO: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley holds his briefcase as he arrives at the parliament to present the federal budget in New Delhi, India, February 1, 2018.

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