Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad pointed out that Mallya had made the comment weeks after Rahul Gandhi's return from a visit to London, News 18 reported. Had the notice not been diluted, Mallya would not have been able to leave on March 2, 2016. The CBI had initially sought detention of Mallya but later asked the bureau to merely inform it of his movements. "Besides this one sentence exchange where he misused his privilege as a Rajya Sabha Member, in order to further his commercial interest as a bank debtor, there is no question of my having ever given him an appointment to meet me", the Finance Minister said.
During a press conference in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi accused Finance Minister of lying and said, if an absconder told Mr Jaitley he is going to London, why did the FM not disclose this to the investigating agencies?
Immediately after Jaitley's rebuttal on Wednesday, Mallya had said it was "not fair" to create a controversy over this issue as it was not a "formal meeting" and he only "happened to meet" the finance minister. The minister denied meeting Mallya and said "the statement is factually false in as much as it does not reflect truth".
Mallya is wanted in India for defaulting on bank loans to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore, has been in the United Kingdom since March 2016. I have clearly stated about this in each of my media interviews and TV discussions that I saw the two talking to each other.
Judge Arbuthnot said that she watched the video evidence of the barrack at Arthur Road jail three times and that for her the most important point to consider is whether "there is a prima facie case" against Mallya. "This can be verified with CCTV footage from that day", Punia said.
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Goyal said the fugitive businessman was a criminal under the "glare of law" and his words could not be taken seriously.
Goyal alleged that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had told the media of his efforts to bail out private airlines making losses, in an apparent reference to Kingfisher.
"There is a series of letters between the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) and the SBI (State Bank of India)".
The extradition trial, which opened at the London court on December 4 a year ago, is aimed at laying out a prima facie case of fraud against Vijay Mallya. Goyal demanded Rahul Gandhi's resignation and said that Rahul should clarify the relation between Mallya and the Gandhi family. "Is the Congress keen to save Vijay Mallya who benefitted from the bank facilities during the UPA government", Prasad tweeted. Gandhi asked. He said this can only be done by the "the authority that controls CBI", and Jaitley should come clean whether he got it changed, or was "ordered from above" to get the notice changed.