Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Jaitley denies meeting Mallya after liquor baron's claims outside London court

Jaitley denies meeting Mallya after liquor baron's claims outside London court

Vijay Mallya stands outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain, September 12, 2018. It also seeks to prove there are no "bars to extradition" and that the tycoon is assured a fair trial in India over his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines' alleged default of over Rs 9,000 crores in loans from a consortium of Indian banks.

"There is a series of letters between the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) and the SBI (State Bank of India)". Manmohan Singh helped Kingfisher Airlines.

Vijay Mallya made sensational comments today that he had met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and offered to settle his financial dues before leaving India.

On being asked if he was "tipped off" to flee the country, he added: "Absolutely not".

Mallya is wanted in India for defaulting on bank loans to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore, has been in the United Kingdom since March 2016.

"Finance Minister Arun Jaitley first claimed that he never met Vijay Mallya, but Mr. Mallya met him in the corridor and informed that he was going to London".

Hours later, though, Mallya clarified his statement, saying he had not met the finance minister "formally" but had merely run into him in Parliament.

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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.

In London, talking to reporters, Mallya said the media should question the banks why they are not supporting him in his efforts to repay.

On 2 March: Mallya leaves India with seven bags and with an unidentified woman in a Jet Airways flight.

Three back-to-back statements and clarifications from absconding liquor king and alleged fraudster Vijay Mallya and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley about their unofficial encounter at some place in Parliament (which both agreed that it happened), raises some serious questions. Clearly, Mallya was declared as a defaulter even then.

"The fundamental point is how he got away despite "lookout notices"?" I even did not receive any paper from him at that time. Mallya, in a statement, leaves a hint that he would want to move to United Kingdom "to be closer to his family" and is still in dialogues with banks for a One Time Settlement. There are CCTV cameras, we can all see that for proof.

But when reporters asked Mallya about the condition of the jail after the video of his cell was presented to him by the Indian authorities, Mallya labelled it as "pretty impressive".

Mallya has been on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April past year, responded to the swarm of reporters gathered outside the court in his characteristic manner, saying the "courts will decide". "Chowkidaar nahin, Bhagidaar hai (Not a watchman, but a partner)", he tweeted in Hindi.

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