Rahul Gandhi seeks Arun Jaitley's resignation over Mallya case

Rahul Gandhi seeks Arun Jaitley's resignation over Mallya case

Rahul Gandhi seeks Arun Jaitley's resignation over Mallya case

Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

Mallya told media outside a London court where his case was being heard on Wednesday that he had met Jaitley to settle matters before he left the country, sparking accusations from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government was in a position to prevent him from leaving the country. Jaitley has denied the claim.

"Since 2014, I have never given him any appointment to meet me and the question of his having met me does not arise", Finance Minister Jaitley said in a Facebook post. The arrest notice was changed to informed notice.

The extradition trial, which opened at the London court on 4 December a year ago, 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. "The FM must resign and the matter should be investigated", Gandhi told reporters at the Congress party's central headquarters. "It was agreed that they would meet Monday morning to get an order from the Supreme Court restraining Mallya from leaving the country".

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Amidst the blood bath, the big question that continues to stick out is who toned down Mallya's look-out notice? Arun Jaitley it's become a habit to lie. SBI chairperson and people at the top within the government knew about this meeting and the advice given by me.

Recalling an instance Jaitley said: "I do remember on one occasion, he misused his privileges of Member of Rajya Sabha and while I was walking from the Rajya Sabha to my room and (he) suggested that he was going to make some offer of settlement".

In his press conference, Rahul has made several allegations on PM Modi, Arun Jaitley and BJP. Gandhi said the party's senior leader and parliamentarian P L Punia was "proof" that the meeting took place. "Mallya was given free passage out of the country by the finance minister".

On March 2, 2016, Mallya left the country and has been in the United Kingdom where he has been fighting the extradition case. 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.

Fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya might not be lodged in the same cell as shown in the eight-minute video submitted by the Indian government in the Westminster Court in London.

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