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

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

The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss told reporters in London that he met the minister and offered to settle with the banks. I never gave him (Mallya) an appointment, never at my office, never at my residence. "Besides this one sentence exchange where he misused his privilege as an RS member, in order to further his commercial interest as a bank debtor, there is no question of my having ever given him an appointment to meet me", Jaitley concluded.

Prasad's remarks come close on the heels of fugitive Vijay Mallya's claims where he said, "I met the finance minister before I left, repeated my offer to settle with the banks... that's the truth", while speaking to reporters outside the London's Westminster Magistrates' Court.

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. In a Facebook post, Jaitley said, "He misused that privilege on one occasion while I was walking out of the House to go to my room".

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"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". "You should ask them are they not supporting me in my efforts to repay them", Mallya told the reporters.

Mallya, who is to be lodged in the Arthur Jail cited poor conditions of the cells, claiming that it does not have enough "natural light and ventilation". He said he'd resign if he was proved wrong.

"I put nearly Rs 15,000 crore offer on the table of the Karnataka High Court". Aam Admi party said, obviously PM Modi must also be knowing about Mallya leaving the country. I feel like a scapegoat.

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He sarcastically described the video of Barrack 12 at Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail, which has been prepared for him, as "very impressive".

Back home, the Congress pounced upon Mallya's comment and demanded that the government explain how the embattled industrialist was allowed to leave India and demanded a thorough inquiry. As per an Indian Express report, after November 23, 2015 trip, Mallya again made a trip to London on December 1 and returned to India on December 7, and then was questioned by CBI on December 9, 10 and 11.

"The entire Gandhi family was in fact helping Mallya and Kingfisher Airlines with the sweet deal", Patra said, while showing a bunch of documents related to the loans given by banks to the airline.

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Mallya has been on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April previous year and is fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crores.

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