After Vijay Mallya’s sensational claim about meeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before leaving, questions have been raised about the notice and why he was allowed to leave. Over the past two days, there has been non-stop sparring between the ruling BJP and the Congress, each accusing the other of proximity to Mr Mallya. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has alleged that the CBI had aided fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya’s “great escape” by changing the “detain” notice to “inform”, adding that it was “inconceivable” that this was done without Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s approval.
Rahul Gandhi alleged that Congress leader was witness to a “15-minute sit-down meeting in parliament” just two days before the fugitive tycoon’s flight to the UK. Arun Jaitley said the claims were “factually false” and denied giving a formal appointment to Vijay Mallya since 2014, adding that he met him in the parliament corridor. Mr Jaitley said he had been briefed about Vijay Mallya’s “bluff offers” earlier, and he had curtly told the businessman that “there was no point talking to me and he must make offers to his bankers”.
Here are the LIVE updates on the Congress presser in the Vijay Mallya Case:
Union Minister, Piyush Goyal, said yesterday, “Since 2010, all laws were broken, RBI was roped in to help Vijay Mallya,. Now, we are being blamed. The Prime Minister, Finance Minister of the former UPA government helped Kingfisher in so many ways.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also attacked the BJP saying, “PM Modi meets Nirav Modi before he flees the country. FM meets Vijay Mallya before he flees India. What transpired in these meetings? People want to know.”