Jaitley denies Vijay Mallya’s claim

Source: PTI | Published on 12th September 2018, 8:19 PM | National News |

New Delhi: Vijay Mallya said on Wednesday that he met the Finance Minister before leaving India, a claim denied by Arun Jaitley as “factually false.”

The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airline boss, who arrived here to appear before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in a case regarding his extradition to India to face the trial on fraud and money laundering charges, was asked by reporters if he was “tipped off” to leave the country.

“I left because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva. I met the FM before I left, repeated my offer to settle with the banks. That is the truth,” he responded, without naming the Minister.

Arun Jaitley, who was the Finance Minister in 2016 when Mallya left India, denied the liquor baron’s 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 statement is factually false in as much as it does not reflect truth,” he asserted.

Jaitley said Mallya “misused” the privilege of being a Rajya Sabha MP to catch him in corridors of Parliament on one occasion while he was walking out of the House to go to his room.

He said Mallya, while walking alongside, “uttered a sentence that ‘I am making an offer of settlement’ Having being fully briefed about his ‘bluff offers’, without allowing him to proceed with the conversation, I curtly told him ‘there was no point talking to me and he must make offers to his bankers.’”

“I did not even receive the papers he was holding in his hand,” Jaitley said.

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