“Arun Jaitley is lying, Congress leader PL Puniya saw him meet Vijay Mallya,”
Rahul Gandhi said.
New Delhi : Vijay Mallya and FM Arun Jaitley had a “15-minute sit-down meeting in parliament” just two days prior to the fugitive’s flight to Britain, and a Congress leader witnessed it first-hand, Rahul Gandhi alleged today.
“Arun Jaitley is lying, Congress leader PL Puniya witnessed his meeting with Vijay Mallya,” the Congress president said, a day after the finance minister rubbished Vijay Mallya’s claim that he had met him before leaving for London in 2016.
- Congress’s PL Puniya saw Vijay Mallya meet Arun Jaitley: Rahul Gandhi.
- The Congress chief suggested that Mallya was allowed to escape to London by changing the ‘arrest notice’ to ‘inform notice’.
- Vijay Mallya left India in March 2016 during the ongoing probe in bankruptcy.
“The finance minister talks to an absconder. He tells the minister I am going to London and the finance minister didn’t even tell the CBI or police. Why not,” Rahul Gandhi said.
Arun Jaitley, who was the finance minister in 2016 when Mr Mallya left India, emphatically denied his claims. “Since 2014, I have never given him any appointment to meet me and the question of his having met me does not arise,” he wrote on Facebook.
The Congress chief also suggested that Mallya was allowed to
escape to London by changing the ‘arrest notice’ to ‘inform notice’. He further went on to ask PM Modi for immediate step-down of Mr. Jaitley from the Cabinet.