Sep 13: Raising questions over Jaitley-Mallya meet, Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said why did the finance minister Arun Jaitley did not disclose about his meeting with Mallya during the debate in Rajya Sabha in 2016 about government’s role.
Sinha said “during the debate in Rajya Sabha in 2016 about the role of Modi government in assisting Mallya to escape from the country. Jaitley did not discuss about the meet Why did the finance minister did not disclose about his meeting with Mallya during the debate in Rajya Sabha in 2016. It doesn’t matter whether they met while walking out of the House. But important is, Mallya met Jaitley before leaving India .”
Mallya, facing charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore, said in London that he met Finance minister before leaving India last year.
Sinha said Modi government is misguiding people in the name of requesting British authorities to extradite Vijay mallya, Mehul Choksi and Lalit Modi.
Sinha said that the entire BJP leadership, not just Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, must come clean on its ties with embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday demanded Finance Minister Arun Jaitely’s resignation after accusing him of colluding with fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya “and giving him a free passage” to flee the country.
Addressing the media at the Congress headquarters here, Gandhi asked why the Minister did not inform the investigating agencies about Mallya’s plans to leave India.
“There is a clear-cut collusion. He (Jaitley) should have confessed (about the meeting) and he should resign,” said Gandhi.
At the media conference, party MP P.L. Punia claimed to give an eyewitness account of the meeting between Jaitley and Mallya in the Central Hall of Parliament before the businessman fled the country on March 2, 2016.
“The Finance Minister talks to an absconder (Mallya) and the absconder tells the Finance Minister that I am going to London. The Finance Minister neither told the CBI, the ED or the police, why?
“He was given a free passage to leave the country by the Finance Minister,” said Gandhi and alleged that the logistics of Mallya going out of the country were discussed at the meeting.
“The Finance Minister has colluded with a criminal.”
Punia claimed the meeting between Jaitley and Mallya lasted 15-20 minutes and alleged that Mallya took Jaitley’s permission after holding consultations with him about his planned flight abroad.
“The meeting happened on March 1, 2016, a day after the Union budget was presented. In the Central Hall, initially, Mallya and Jaitley were standing and were talking intently. Then they moved to the benches in the Central Hall and were seated and talking,” said Punia.