Rahul Gandhi Owned Kingfisher Airline By Proxy, Claims BJP

Arun Jaitley slams at Mallya for false claim

IDBI officials knew of losses at Kingfisher, claims Mallya's lawyer

The issues is being played up by the Congress party.

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led Union government and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are already in soup over allegations for letting the fraudster Vijay Mallya escape from the country. Jaitley has denied the claim.

Questioning the denial of Jaitley and Union government, Modi said that many people know Jaitley met Mallya and now the denial doesn't suit him.

The said the change in the notice was an error in judgement and since he had been cooperating, there was no reason to stop him from moving overseas.

The extradition trial, which opened at the London court on December 4 previous year, is aimed at laying out a prima facie case of fraud against Mallya.

On the Rafale deal issue, Nirmala Sitharaman while speaking to a news agency on Wednesday said that deal for procurement of 126 Rafale jets under UPA fell through as HAL did not have required capability to produce them. "Mallya told FM in Central Hall of Parliament that he was leaving for London".

Mallya has been on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April past year, responded to the swarm of reporters gathered outside the court in his characteristic manner, saying the "courts will decide". Arun Jaitley it's become a habit to lie. Since 2014, I have never given him any appointment to meet me and the question of his having met me does not arise. However, 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.

Rahul said Jaitley must also clarify if he allowed Mallya to flee the country on his own or acted on the orders of PM Modi. Gandhi said the party's senior leader and parliamentarian P L Punia was "proof" that the meeting took place.

The liquor baron is facing money laundering charges in multi-crore fraud case in India, which wants him extradited from the United Kingdom where he fled to in March 2016. "There is CCTV footage from that day and it should be reviewed", Punia, who was also present in the media briefing, told reporters.

He claimed that Rahul Gandhi was on the backfoot in the case of Kingfisher Airlines and its promoter Vijay Mallya as well as the entire Gandhi family travelled on the airline and their travel was upgraded to business class for free.

"There are documents that show how the Reserve Bank of India and the United Progressive Alliance under Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh had given "sweet deals" to Kingfisher Airlines", Patra said, referring to the airline that was owned by the liquor baron.

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