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Never gave Vijay Mallya any appointment: Arun Jaitley

Never gave Vijay Mallya any appointment: Arun Jaitley

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: "PM Modi meets Neerav Modi before he flees the country".

Mallya, earlier in the day, had told reporters outside London's Westminster Magistrates' Court, ahead of appearing for hearing in his extradition case, that he did not flee the country with public funds instead he offered a settlement deal to the government.

Vijay Mallya has been charged with money laundering and bank fraud worth Rs 9000 crore and fighting an extradition case. What transpired in these meetings? I said I want to settle with the banks and would he please facilitate these discussions.

Jaitley said that he has not met the 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airline boss since 2014 but added that Mallya had "misused" his privilege of being a Member of the Rajya Sabha on one occasion.

"I left India because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva".

Rubbishing his claims, Arun Jaitley in his Facebook blog said, "He (Mallya) paced up to catch up with me and while walking uttered a sentence that "I am making an offer of settlement".

Hours later, though, Mallya clarified his statement, saying he had not met the finance minister "formally" but had merely run into him in Parliament.

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. This provided the opposition some fodder to target Jaitley and the Congress said that the revelations were an embarrassment to the government.

For sake of clarity, this is what Mallya said.

The court decision on Mallya's extradition is expected on December 10.

He said Mallya's claim is a vindication of the Congress's stand that the government always knew about the fleeing defaulters.

The judge, however, made it clear to the CPS that she did not require any further information in reference to the prison conditions awaiting Mallya in India.

The Congress party also said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is running a "tour, travels and immigration" agency for "loot, scoot and settle abroad" brigade.

Swamy in his tweet, back then, had asked that how could Mallya escape the country despite a Look Out Notice (LON) against him.

Reportedly, the video submitted by the Indian authorities shows Barrack 12 of Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai where Vijay Mallya will be housed if he is extradited. "Chowkidaar nahin, Bhagidaar hai (Not a watchman, but a partner)", he tweeted in Hindi.


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