In a tweet, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal questioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Nirav Modi before he left the country and the finance minister met Mallya, so what happened in those meeting?
The ruling on whether Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya can be extradited from Britain to India to face fraud charges will be given on December 10, a London judge said on Wednesday, after she heard closing submissions in the case.
The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airline boss, who is now facing charges of fraud and money laundering to the tune of around Rs 9,000 crore in India, was asked by reporters if he was "tipped off" to leave the country.More news: SC won’t evacuate prison for Hurricane Florence
Jaitley, however, took to Facebook to dismiss Mallya's claims as being "factually false".
He also asserted that nobody tipped him off to run.
Jaitley said he had never given Mallya any appointment to meet him since 2014 and "the question of his having met me does not arise". Having been fully briefed about his earlier bluff offers, I cut short the conversation and curtly told him that there is no point talking to me and he must make offers to his bankers.
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.More news: Putin, Xi Make Pancakes and Drink Vodka Together in Vladivostok
Mallya's statement has dealt a massive blow to the BJP-led NDA government that is now battling multiple challenges, including the depreciation of the rupee and rising fuel prices.
The State Bank of India (SBI), which led a consortium of 17 lenders that had exposure to the defunct Kingfisher Airlines, had declared Mallya a wilful defaulter in February 2016. Mallya reiterated that he had the means to offer a settlement. The Congress also said on its official Twitter handle that Mallya met Jaitley "several times" before escaping the country to discuss a settlement plan. "I feel like a scapegoat", Mallya said. "You should ask them are they not supporting me in my efforts to repay them", Mallya told the reporters. He further asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order an independent probe into the matter. "I hope the honourable judges will consider it favourably; everybody gets paid off and I guess that's the primary objective", said Mallya, who is fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crores.
"The government should now explain how and why he was allowed to leave and what transpired at those meetings".
Another Congress leader, Anand Sharma, questioned that the government had information on Mallya, but the finance minister didn't mention this in this speech in the Parliament. "People want to know", he said.More news: Richardson Resident Diagnosed With West Nile Virus