Mallya vs Jaitley: BJP goes all out against Rahul

13 September, 2018, 16:46 | Author: Teresa Adams
  • Appearing before London court Vijay Mallya on Wednesday said he had met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to settle matters before leaving India

The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss told reporters in London that he met the minister and offered to settle with the banks.

Refuting Mr. Mallya's claim, Mr. Jaitley had said he had never given him an appointment since 2014, but he used his privilege as a Member of Parliament to accost him once in Parliament.

FM meets Vijay Mallya before he flees India.

While Jaitley has been receiving backlash from Opposition parties, the BJP has staunchly defended the senior party leader and said Mallya's statement was "false" and factually incorrect.

He added: "However, since he was a member of the Rajya Sabha (RS) 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.".

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"He paced up to catch up with me and while walking uttered a sentence that "I am making an offer of settlement", the Minister said.

On being asked if he has convinced the Court that he has the means to pay what he said he will, Mallya told media here, "Obviously, that is why a settlement offer has been made. The banks had filed objections to my settlement letters", Mallya said outside the Westminster Magistrates' Court where he had come for a hearing in his extradition case.

Asked if he could settle his dues, Mallya, who headed the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines and the United Breweries, said: "Obviously".

She dismissed the CPS argument that there was "stark disjoint between what Mallya knew and what the banks knew" and also repeatedly accused the Indian authorities of leaving documents "out of the bundle" that prove that "KFA was the victim of the economic climate" and not any deliberate fault.

"I am a political football... My conscience is clear and (I) put nearly Rs 15,000 crore worth of assets on the table of the Karnataka High Court", he said.

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Some of the questions Gandhi raised in a press conference was if Jaitley did have a meeting with Mallya why did he not inform the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Enforcement Directorate (ED) or the police.

"I am certainly a scapegoat, I feel like a scapegoat". Surjewala said. "When Nirav Modi fled from country, he was last seen photographed with PM Modi".

He sarcastically described the video of Barrack 12 at Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail, which has been prepared for him, as "very impressive". Clearly, Mallya was a flight risk and this decision had put Rs 9,400 crore of mostly public money at risk.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), arguing on behalf of the Indian government, countered this with arguments that Mallya had intended "from the outset" never to repay the loans he sought for his struggling airline and misrepresented its profitability.

Vijay Mallya arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain, September 12, 2018.

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