Arun Jaitley slams at Mallya for false claim

Appearing before London court Vijay Mallya on Wednesday said he had met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to settle matters before leaving India

"I hope the honourable judges will consider it favourably; everybody gets paid off and I guess that's the primary objective", said Mallya, who is fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crores. In fact Mallya had misused access as an MP to accost him in a corridor in Parliament to claim he had made an offer of settlement for outstanding loans, Jaitley had said.

"I met the Finance Minister before I left, repeated my offer to settle (the dues) with the banks", Mallya said while talking to reporters outside Westminster Magistrates' Court. "I met him in Parliament and told him I am going to London", claimed Mallya.

On being asked whether he met any other BJP leader before leaving for London, he said, "Over a period of time, I have met many colleagues in Parliament and expressed to them my desire to settle with the banks. That is the truth", he responded, without naming the minister.

"Vijay Mallya left India with the country's money after a farewell from Arun Jaitley".

Rahul Gandhi, Mr Patra said, took a loan of Rs 1 crore from Vijay Mallya. "In this anticipation, he (Mallya) left earlier", Jaitley had said, adding that "it would have been better had banks started the process earlier".

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".

FM meets Vijay Mallya before he flees India.

The sensational claims of Mallya, outside a London court on Wednesday, sparked a fire in Indian political discourse. "The allegations are media created allegations, unfortunately". As far as I am concerned, I have made a comprehensive settlement offer before the Karnataka High Court. The second time it was done by the request of the government, he added, citing what he said were letters from the Reserve Bank of India.

"I put nearly Rs 15,000 crore offer on the table of the Karnataka High Court".

Claire Montgomery, representing Mallya, reiterated that the prosecution had failed to make out a case against her client.

"I am certainly a scapegoat, I feel like a scapegoat".

During the hearing, Mallya's defence team branded the evidence presented by the Indian government in the case as "utterly unfounded".

The State Bank of India (SBI), which led a consortium of 17 lenders that had exposure to the defunct Kingfisher Airlines, had declared Mallya a wilful defaulter in February 2016.

The bench of Emma Arbuthnot is likely to take a final call on handing over Mallya to Indian authorities after reviewing the video on Barrack 12 of Arthur Road jail in Mumbai.



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