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Mallya-Jaitley meeting in Parliament corridors sparks controversy

Mallya-Jaitley meeting in Parliament corridors sparks controversy”

Mallya's lawyer told Westminster Magistrates Court in London, "IDBI bank officials were well aware of losses at Kingfisher".

Mallya had told reporters outside a court in London, where he is fighting extradition to India, that he had met Jaitley to settle matters.

Demanding that Jaitley resign, Gandhi said: "Finance Minister is responsible to take action against economic offenders". Jaitley also issued a clarification over the matter in his Facebook post.

In fact, as early as June this year, BJP's Rajya Sabha MP, Subramanian Swamy had hinted about Mallya's meeting with an unnamed but powerful person in the Narendra Modi government before he left India.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi has not reacted on this startling revelation, but one wonders how he can continue to function as the finance minister.

Earlier Mallya had said that he met Jaitley and repeated his offer to settle the loans.

He wrote, "Since he was a Member of Rajya Sabha and he occasionally attended the House, he misused that privilege on one occasion while I was walking out of the House to go to my room". "Sometimes it seems the airline was not owned by Mallya, but by the Gandhi family in proxy", Patra said, adding that Rahul Gandhi, who himself is out on bail (in the National Herald case), had no right to question others on corruption.

Vijay Mallya's defence team had demanded an inspection of the jail cell to ensure it meets the UK's human rights obligations related to extradition proceedings. The Rs 9,000-crore loan given by 17- state-run banks to the failed Kingfisher airline had turned an NPA (Non-performing asset) long back in 2011-2012 and a bank consortium was very close to moving Supreme Court seeking Mallya's detention fearing he'll escape the country. "Given Vijay Mallya's extremely serious allegations in London today, the PM should immediately order an independent probe into the matter".

"This is a totally unnecessary controversy created by friends in the media. He has to explain why when a criminal has told him he is running away to London, he has done nothing", Gandhi said, addressing a press conference at the party headquarters.

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

"I did not even receive the papers he was holding in his hand", Jaitley said. "It might interest you to know, banks have filed objections in the court on my settlement application".

Mallya, 62, is fighting numerous lawsuits in the United Kingdom and back home over fraud and money-laundering allegations as well as an extradition to India. "Do we need anymore proof that this govt.is in the pocket of crony capitalists".



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