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Rahul Gandhi asks why didn’t Arun Jaitley reveal meeting Mallya earlier

13 September 2018
Rahul Gandhi asks why didn’t Arun Jaitley reveal meeting Mallya earlier

Opposition parties Wednesday latched on to Vijay Mallya's statement he had met Arun Jaitley before leaving India and demanded a probe into the fugitive liquor baron's claim, which was rubbished by the finance minister as "factually false". In his response, while Jaitley did not deny meeting Mallya or the latter's offer of settling the bank loans, the finance minister accused the billionaire businessman of abusing the House privileges. "I met him in Parliament and told him I am going to London", claimed Mallya.

On 26 February: In a text message to Firstpost, the then SBI chairman, Arundhati Bhattacharya said the bank is taking further action in the context of Mallya hinting to leave the country.

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".

"The statement is factually false in as much as it does not reflect truth", he asserted.

He wrote, "Since he was a Member of Rajya Sabha and he occasionally attended the House, he misused that privilege on one occasion while I was walking out of the House to go to my room".

"Full and complete and accurate information was provided and I can demonstrate that", Montgomery said, saying suggestions that there was a "secret package of knowledge" about Kingfisher's financial position which was not provided to IDBI were "utterly unfounded".

Jaitley said Mallya accosted him in Parliament, and that he made "an offer of settlement". I even did not receive any paper from him at that time. So, obviously the comments are referring his meeting with Arun Jaitley. "I did not have any formal meeting scheduled with him", he said.

Rahul Gandhi, Mr Patra said, took a loan of Rs 1 crore from Vijay Mallya. There was no need to run.

In London, talking to reporters, Mallya said the media should question the banks why they are not supporting him in his efforts to repay.

The sensational claims of Mallya, outside a London court on Wednesday, sparked a fire in Indian political discourse.

The Congress also said on its official Twitter handle that Mallya met Jaitley "several times" before escaping the country to discuss a settlement plan. "Either I will quit politics or he will have to", Punia said. There is nothing that I can do about it. "My conscience is clear and (I) put nearly Rs15,000 crore worth of assets on the table of the Karnataka High Court", he said.

"I am a scapegoat".

In an 8-minute long video accessed exclusively by News18, pictures of barrack number 12 of Arthur Road jail in Mumbai were leaked. As far as I am concerned, I have made a comprehensive settlement offer before the Karnataka High Court.