Rahul Gandhi Attacks PM For Mallya's "Great Escape"

Rahul Gandhi Attacks PM For Mallya

Rahul Gandhi Attacks PM For Mallya's "Great Escape"

New Delhi: Today, Congress President, Rahul Gandhi took direct aim at PM Modi and accused him of a role in fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya's "Great Escape". In his tweet, the Congress president implied that the CBI's move to dilute a lookout notice against Mr Mallya was sanctioned by the PM.

"The CBI reports directly to the PM. It is inconceivable that the CBI, in such a high profile, controversial case, would change a lookout notice without the approval of the PM," tweeted Rahul Gandhi.

The Central Bureau of Investigation has admitted to downgrading the lookout notice against the absconding businessman from "detention" to "report", because it didn't believe the tycoon, who was being investigated for loan fraud and money laundering would fly away.

On October 2015 a notice was put out by the CBI was weeks later on November 24,  converted into a notice for "report on arrival" because the liquor baron had, at the time, frequently travelled between India and UK and also submitted to questioning.

Mr Mallya was questioned on December 9, 10 and 11, said the CBI. Officials said, there was no reason to believe he could escape, in order to  defend the diluted notice.

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The investigation agency said,  that the first notice was a "mistake" -- the Mumbai immigration branch checked out the detention column while filling a form.

Earlier, businessman, Mr Mallya made a sensational claim about meeting  Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister before leaving, that has raised the questions about the notice and why he was allowed to leave. Since then, there has been non-stop feud between BJP and Congress.

PL Puniya, the senior Congress leader alleged that he had seen the fugitive businessman with Finance Minister, in the central hall of parliament, two days before the businessman flew out on March 2, 2016, amid attempts by banks to recover nearly Rs. 9,000 crore from him in unpaid loans.

Rahul Gandhi said, "It was a 15-20 minute, sit-down meeting," Sitting near him, PL Puniya said: "It is my challenge. You can look at CCTV footage and see if I am wrong. If I am wrong, I will resign."

Rahul Gandhi continued his attack on Mr Jaitley today.

The Kingfisher boss had claimed that he met the finance minister to discuss settlement of his dues with banks. However, Mr Jaitley denied the claims of the businessman, misusing his MP privileges, accosted him in parliament.

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