Congress MP: "Jaitley-Mallya Meeting Lasted 15-20 Minutes, Check CCTV"

Congress MP: "Jaitley-Mallya Meeting Lasted 15-20 Minutes, Check CCTV"

Congress MP: "Jaitley-Mallya Meeting Lasted 15-20 Minutes, Check CCTV"

New Delhi: Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi alleged that Vijay Mallya and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had a "15-minute sit-down meeting in parliament" just two days before the fugitive tycoon's flight to the UK, and a Congress leader was witness to it.

Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi said that Vijay Mallya and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were witnessed by a Congress leader having a discussion in parliament just two days before the fugitive tycoon's flight to the UK.

Rahul Gandhi said, "Arun Jaitley is lying, Congress leader PL Puniya witnessed his meeting with Vijay Mallya,"  a day after the finance minister rubbished Vijay Mallya's claim that he had met him before leaving for London in 2016.

"The finance minister has to explain to the country why he has colluded with the criminal and why was he having a meeting with a criminal, what was discussed?"

Mr Gandhi handed over the mic to PL Puniya, who stated to have witnessed Mr Mallya and the finance minister speak in the Central Hall of parliament in March 2016, when the fugitive businessman left India and flew to the UK, in the middle of attempts to recover over Rs. 9,000 crore in unpaid loans from him.

"I was in the central hall of Parliament House. I saw Jaitley and Mallya talking in the corner. After 5-7 minutes, they sat on the bench and started talking. Mallya had come for the first time just to meet Jaitley," Mr Puniya said.

"After that on March 3 -- he left for London on March 2 -- my reaction was, he met Jaitley two days ago," added the Congress leader.

The 62 year old liquor baron, Mr Mallya, told the reporters outside a UK court hearing a case on his extradition to India yesterday: "I left because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva. I met the finance minister before I left, repeated my offer to settle with the banks. That is the truth." He added that he told the minister about leaving for London.

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Arun Jaitley, was the finance minister of India in 2016, when the Kingfisher Boss left India and has denied to have met Mr Mallya. "Since 2014, I have never given him any appointment to meet me and the question of his having met me does not arise," he wrote on Facebook.

"He misused that privilege (of being an MP) on one occasion while I was walking out of the House to go to my room. He paced up to catch up with me and while walking uttered a sentence that 'I am making an offer of settlement'...Having been fully briefed about his earlier 'bluff offers', without allowing him to proceed with the conversation, I curtly told him 'there was no point talking to me and he must make offers to his bankers'," Mr Jaitley said.

"The finance minister talks to an absconder. He tells the minister I am going to London and the finance minister didn't even tell the CBI or police. Why not," Rahul Gandhi said today.

He said questioning , "Who changed the notice on Mallya's arrest? If Jaitley has done it himself, then he should confess. It's an open and shut case."


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