Mallya says met Jaitley before leaving India, Minister rejects his claim

Appearing before London court Vijay Mallya on Wednesday said he had met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to settle matters before leaving India

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday stepped up his attack on the ruling BJP over business tycoon Vijay Mallya's exit from the country in 2016, demanding that finance minister Arun Jaitley resign over what he called was an act of "collusion" with the fugitive liquor baron.

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.

FM meets Vijay Mallya before he flees India. "People want to know (sic)", Kejriwal said. "I met the Finance Minister before I left, repeated my offer to settle (the dues) with the banks", Mallya said while talking to reporters outside Westminster Magistrates' Court.

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Rahul claimed that at first Jaitley had said that he never met Mallya, but Mallya did meet him in the corridor and informed that he was going to London.

Finance minister says Mallya as Rajya Sabha MP "misused" privilege to make "an offer of settlement" inside House.

Now the question will be asked as to why Jaitley did not disclose his the content of his conversation with Mallya before even if this had taken place inside the parliament premises.

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In a swipe at the government's "sabka saath, sabka vikas" slogan, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the BJP's sole aim now was bhagode ka saath, lootero ka vikas' (helping absconders and enriching looters). "I hope the honourable judges will consider it favourably; everybody gets paid off and I guess that's the primary objective", said Mallya, who is fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crores. Congress demanded explanation from government on how Mallya was allowed to leave the country. The London court was hearing the closing arguments in the extradition case against Mallya on Wednesday, as well as review the video of jail cell prepared for him by the Indian authorities. "Do we need anymore proof that this govt.is in the pocket of crony capitalists".

The verdict in the extradition case will be announced on December 10.

The Congress party also said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is running a "tour, travels and immigration" agency for "loot, scoot and settle abroad" brigade. He then came to Delhi and met someone who was powerful enough to change the Notice from blocking his departure to just reporting his departure. "Chowkidaar nahin, Bhagidaar hai (Not a watchman, but a partner)", he tweeted in Hindi.

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