Mallya says met Jaitley before leaving India, Minister rejects his claim

Arun Jaitley was the Finance Minister in 2016 when Mallya left India

The Congress party held a media briefing soon after, with spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi claiming the government was fully complicit in the flight of people such as Mallya, Nirav Modi, and Mehul Choksi from the country.

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.

The two national parties, BJP & Congress, locked horns on Wednesday as the India's most wanted businessman who's facing extradition, Vijay Mallya surprisingly told media reporters in London that he met the finance minister before leaving country.

"I have said before that I am a political football".

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On being asked why the government and the banks are still on his case despite his settlement offer, Mallya put the ball in the banks' court.

"The video clearly shows the gloom that settles on this building, which is encased in what is effectively a steel oven", Montgomery said, as part of the defence arguments in favour of a court-led independent inspection of the jail cell to ensure it meets the UK's human rights obligations.

"Today we have a categorical assertion by Mallya about the number of times he met the finance minister to have some resolution of his dues with banks".

"He paced up to catch up with me and while walking uttered a sentence that 'I am making an offer of settlement, '" Jaitley wrote. SBI along with other lenders also approached the Karnataka High Court appealing for Mallya's arrest and impoundment of his passport.

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Terming Mallya's offer to settle overdue loans of more than Rs 9,000 crore to his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines as "bluff offers", Jaitley said he did not even take the papers the liquor baron was carrying during that brief encounter.

"I am a scapegoat".

He sarcastically described the video of Barrack 12 at Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail, which has been prepared for him, as "very impressive". At one point, she told the court that Rakesh Asthana, CBI special director, went to heads of banks with reprisals to file cases against Mallya. He has been engaged in a legal battle over his extradition to India on charges of banking fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore.

"As far as I am concerned, I have".

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Mallya has now been bailed to appear before the court on December 10, marking the conclusion of the year-long extradition trial which opened on December 4 last year.

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