Arun Jaitley, Union Finance Minister, on Monday rubbished Vijay Mallya’s claim, and said that his (Read Vijay Mallya) claim, I met Arun Jaitley for settling the matter before leaving India, is “factually false” and doesn’t replicate any truth.
In his Facebook page Jaitley wrote, “The statement is factually false. It doesn’t replicate truth. Since 2014, he was a member of Rajya Sabha and sometimes attended the House, he used that privilege on one occasion whereas I used to be walking out of the House to travel to my office.
He paced up to catch up with me and whereas walking and verbally said ‘I am creating a suggestion of settlement’. Having been totally briefed concerning his earlier “bluff offers”, while not permitting him to proceed with the speech, I shortly told him ‘there was no purpose of speech with me and he should make this offers to bankers’. I didn’t even receive the papers that he was holding in his hand. Besides this one sentence exchange, he misused the privilege as a Rajya Sabha Member, so as to any of his business interest as a bank debtor. There is no doubt that I was not having an appointment with him to fulfil his desire.”
Later a government source mentioned that Mallya wished to meet PM Modi, however, the Prime Minister didn’t give him any appointment.
According to the government sources, he had fled because he knew that consortium of banks will move the Supreme Court against him.
Vijay Mallya left India in 2016, when Arun Jaitley was in charge of Finance Ministry, The hearing for Mallya’s extradition is presently going on in London’s City of Westminster Court. Where he was asked to reveal the main points of the meeting with the government minister, and there the defaulter said, “Why would I do that?”
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on his recent trip to the UK had created similar claims that Vijay Mallya met senior BJP leaders before fleeing from India.
Vijay Mallya on Wednesday stated that he had met Minister Arun Jaitley before leaving India to settle matters, a news agency reported so.
He said: “I left because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva… I met the finance minister before I left India. Repeated my offered to settling down with the banks. That’s the truth.”