Exclusive Images Of Vijay Mallya’s Cell In Arthur Jail

Marco Green
September 13, 2018

In response to Mallya's statement, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the businessman's claim are "factually false" as it does not reflect the truth.

But, Jaitley claims he turned Mallya down and asked him to speak to his bankers.

"And therefore, to convey an impression that he met me with an offer of settlement is factually not correct".

Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, a former union finance minister who has been critical of Jaitley and his handling of the ministry, said the entire BJP leadership, not just the finance minister, must come clean on its ties with Mallya.

"Since 2014, I have never given him any appointment to meet me and the question of his having met me does not arise", the finance minister said in a Facebook post.

Singhvi said the Congress had repeatedly asserted for the past over 18 months that not only Vijay Mallya, but also Nirav Modi, Choksi and many others have been allowed to leave the country with impunity.

He said that Mallya "misused" that privilege on one occasion, by vaguely saying, "I am making an offer of settlement".

"I did not even receive the papers he was holding in his hand", Jaitley said.

Reacting to Vijay Mallya's comment that he met Arun Jaitley before leaving India, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said that PM Narendra Modi should launch an independent probe into the matter.

A defiant Vijay Mallya, who is facing money laundering charges in multi-crore fraud case in India, on Wednesday claimed that he met the finance minister before leaving the country.

The State Bank of India (SBI), which led a consortium of 17 lenders that had exposure to the defunct Kingfisher Airlines, had declared Mallya a wilful defaulter in February 2016.

India has requested Mallya's extradition from the United Kingdom so he can face trial on fraud and money laundering charges.

Later, Mallya clarified his statement and said that he never met Arun Jaitley formally.

"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". "That is the truth", he told reporters outside a Westminster Magistrate court where he is fighting an extradition case filed by Indian authorities. Mallya said that the statement was blown out of proportion by the media.

"I have no comment, you are hearing everything in court", he added on further questions by the reporters. What transpired in these meetings? "People want to know", he said. But "met the finance minister" doesn't suggest a passing, casual, walking meeting inside the House of Rajya Sabha.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too questioned that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ministers need to explain their meetings with the economic fugitives.

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