Vijay Mallya extradition case: Judge reserves verdict for December 10

Vijay Mallya claims he met Finance Minister before leaving India Arun Jaitley rubbishes charge

"Vijay Mallya could not have left the country if the lookout notice had not been watered down. Now, Mr Mallya was last seen with FM Arun Jaitley before fleeing the country".

Speaking to The Indian Express today, Dave said that in his meeting that Sunday, he "advised SBI to approach the Supreme Court on February 29, 2016, for getting an order restraining Mallya from leaving the country..." Refuting Mallya's claim, Jaitley had said he had never given him an appointment since 2014, but he used his privilege as a Member of Parliament to accost him once in Parliament. "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.

Senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy said it is an undeniable fact that liquor baron Vijay Mallya told Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament that he was leaving for London. "The statement is factually false in as much as it does not reflect truth", Jaitley had said in a Facebook post. 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.

In an interview to news channel NDTV, former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said it is a "big coincidence" that Mallya left India on the day a consortium of banks moved to recover debts, and that it was possible that "someone could have tipped-off Mallya".




Back home, the Congress pounced upon Mallya's comment and demanded that the government explain how the embattled industrialist was allowed to leave India and demanded a thorough inquiry.

Goyal said the fugitive businessman was a criminal under the "glare of law" and his words could not be taken seriously.

"There are documents that show how the RBI and UPA under Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh had given sweet deals to Kingfisher Airlines", Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sambit Patra told the media.

Responding to queries sent by The Indian Express on Thursday, the State Bank of India spokesperson said: "State Bank of India denies that there has been any laxity on its part or its officials in dealing with loan default cases including Kingfisher Airlines". Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, the BJP alleged, owned the now defunct Kingfisher Airline by proxy and there are "18 pages worth of evidence" about their links, the BJP said. The agency had issued a Look Out Circular for Mallya, asking for his detention in October that year but subsequently changed it to a circular that merely entailed being informed of his movements in November. He fled from India in March 2016 and has been living in the United Kingdom ever since.

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