Never gave Vijay Mallya any appointment: Arun Jaitley

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

Other Opposition parties joined the Congress on Wednesday in questioning the Modi government on Vijay Mallya's revelation that he had met the finance minister before leaving the country, even as there was clear evidence of headline management across television channels that are crucial to the BJP's narrative.

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. "Finance Minister Jaitley must resign and this should be investigated", Gandhi said, just a day after Arun Jaitley denied that he had a meeting with Mallya before he fled the country in 2016.

FM meets Vijay Mallya before he flees India. The government should now explain how and why he was allowed to leave and what transpired at those meetings. "People want to know", Kejriwal said on Twitter.

Before attending the Westminster Magistrates" Court, the former Kingfisher Boss was inundated with many journalist questions and to one of their asks, he said "I left because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva. "Since 2014, I have never given him any appointment to meet me", Jaitley said.

"Yesterday (Wednesday), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that Vijay Mallya had formally approached him in Parliament".

Mallya's defence team also rubbished the video of Barrack 12 at Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai, where the businessman is to be held if he was to be extradited to India, as having been freshly painted to give the perception of brightness that did not exist.

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When he was first imprisoned after a military coup in 1999, she took over leadership of the party and led rallies in the streets. She graduated from the Forman Christian College in Lahore and received a Master's degree in Urdu from Punjab University in 1970.

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 was no need to run and the allegations are media created allegations", he said.

Further alleging "collusion" between Jaitley and Mallya, the Congress president demanded resignation of the Finance Minister.

CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said Mallya's escape reconfirmed how Modi government "enables big defaulters to loot public money and scoot". Today Mallya spoke to reporters outside London's Westminster Magistrates' Court, where his extradition case is being heard.

Terming Mallya's offer to settle overdue loans of more than Rs 9,000 crore to his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines as "bluff offers", Jaitley said he did not even take the papers the liquor baron was carrying during that brief encounter.

The court decision on Mallya's extradition is expected on December 10. "The notice issued for Vijay Mallya was changed to the inform notice. Chowkidaar nahin, Bhagidaar hai (Not a watchman, but a partner)", he tweeted in Hindi.

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