Rahul Gandhi seeks Arun Jaitley's resignation over Mallya case

Saul Bowman
September 14, 2018

Let him just accept he did. "Why did you not stop him because you were colluding with him?"

Besides, the probe was in an initial stage and the CBI was collecting documents from the IDBI in the Rs 900 crore loan default case, they said.

In the political war of words, maverick BJP leader Subramanian Swamy also got into fray.

Amidst the blood bath, the big question that continues to stick out is who toned down Mallya's look-out notice?

Reading out from one of a bunch of papers, which he said were evidence of the links between the Congress and the wanted tycoon, Mr Mallya said the loans to the now defunct airline were restructured twice - in 2008 and 2012.

Mallya had Wednesday claimed in London that he had met the finance minister before leaving for the United Kingdom, drawing a rebuttal from Jaitley who said he never gave him any appointment but the businessman used his privilege as an MP to accost him in Parliament.

The BJP leader requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to enquire about the matter.

Before attending the Westminster Magistrates" Court, the former Kingfisher Boss was inundated with many journalist questions and to one of their asks, he said "I left because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva.

Responding to a query sent by The Indian Express over Mallya's meeting with Jaitley and details of offer of settlement, Clare Montgomery, Mallya's lawyer in the extradition case in London, said: "I am not permitted under my professional rules to make any comment about this case, either on or off the record".

Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said the UPA government had violated all norms for Mallya and Kingfisher Airlines since 2010.

"Rahul Gandhi has gone on back foot over Kingfisher Airlines", ANI quoted Patra as saying.

Attacking Rahul Gandhi at a press meet, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson Sambit Patra, showing a purported confessional statement of a hawala trader, alleged that the Congress chief had links with a shell company. And now another alleged defaulter Lalit Modi had spoken on the issue and asked Jaitley to accept that he met Mallya on March 1, 2016 - a day before he left the country. Sitting next to Rahul at the press meet, Punia said on March 1, 2016, he saw Mallya and Jaitley engaged in an intimate conversation while standing in a corner of Central Hall and they later sat down and carried on their chat.

Mallya has been on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April previous year, responded to the swarm of reporters gathered outside the court in his characteristic manner, saying the "courts will decide".

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