Chaukidaar-Bhaagidaar: Modi Govt Knew About Mallya’s Escape? I Told Arun Jaitley That I am Leaving For London, Says Vijay Mallya
Earlier this year, Rahul Gandhi in a barb at Modi had said: Chaukidaar nahin bhaagidaar hain.
Vijay Mallya, who is facing money laundering charges in multi-crore fraud case in India, on Wednesday claimed that he met Finance Minister Arun Jaitely and offered a settlement to his financial dues before leaving India.
The remarks by Mallya came as he arrived at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court for a hearing in his extradition case. Speaking to the reports here, Mallya said, “I met the finance minister to settle matters before I left. The banks had filed objections to my settlement letters,” reported ANI.
Mallaya, who is a former Kingfisher Airline owner, is fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crores.
Mallya added, “As far as I am concerned, I have. I hope the honourable judges will consider it favourably; everybody gets paid off and I guess that’s the primary objective.”
The extradition trial, which opened at the London court on December 4 last year, is aimed at laying out a prima facie case of fraud against Mallya. Mallya is on bail since his arrest in April last year.
Interestingly, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy in June this year, claimed that Mallya was able to escape from India only because he “met someone powerful.”
Mallya could not escape from India because of a strong Look Out Notice for him at airports. He then came to Delhi and met someone who was powerful enough to change the Notice from blocking his departure to just reporting his departure. Who was that person who dilute this LON?
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) June 12, 2018
Jaitley confirms he met Mallya, but denies that anything more transpired
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s statement on Vijay Mallya’s claim that he met the finance minister before he left. pic.twitter.com/oPrbZoO075
— ANI (@ANI) September 12, 2018
Update: Mallya says he specifically told Jaitley that he is leaving for London
After Jaitley issued the statement, Mallya on Wednesday clarified that he specifically told the Finance Minister that he was leaving for London.
The embattled businessman also underlined that they spoke in Parliament as both Jaitley and him were Rajya Sabha members and there was no question of “misusing power” as the former claimed.
(With inputs from PTI)