Changing LoC against Vijay Mallya was an error of judgement, says CBI

Changing LoC against Vijay Mallya was an error of judgement, says CBI

Changing LoC against Vijay Mallya was an error of judgement, says CBI

The issues is being played up by the Congress party.

The 62-year-old Mallya - who was once listed on Forbes" list of billionaires and was famously known as "King of Good Times' owing to his flashy lifestyle - said in London on Wednesday he was not "tipped off" by anyone and he had "happened to meet" Jaitley in Parliament, a statement seen as a dilution from his earlier "innocent statement" that he had met the finance minister before leaving India and had told him about his settlement offer for banks. Jaitley has denied the claim. Before leaving I met the finance minister and offered to settle (the issue with the banks), Mallya said, without naming the minister.

The said the change in the notice was an error in judgement and since he had been cooperating, there was no reason to stop him from moving overseas.

The extradition trial, which opened at the London court on 4 December past year, is aimed at laying out a prima facie case of fraud against Mallya. There is some deal between them. "The FM must resign and the matter should be investigated", Gandhi told reporters at the Congress party's central headquarters. He raised questions on how the lookout notice against the absconding businessman got diluted that eventually allowed him to flee the country.

Jaitley in a post on Facebook on Wednesday evening wrote: "The statement is factually false in as much as it does not reflect truth. I did not have any formal meeting scheduled with him".

Recalling an instance Jaitley said: "I do remember on one occasion, he misused his privileges of Member of Rajya Sabha and while I was walking from the Rajya Sabha to my room and (he) suggested that he was going to make some offer of settlement".

"Papers show that Kingfisher Airlines was not owned by Mallya but by the Gandhi parivaar", BJP spokesman Sambit Patra said at a press conference. Gandhi said the party's senior leader and parliamentarian P L Punia was "proof" that the meeting took place.

Gandhi urged Modi to order an independent probe into Mallya's alleged meeting with Jaitley before he left the country and said until the probe was completed Jaitley must step down.

On March 2, 2016, Mallya left the country and has been in the United Kingdom where he has been fighting the extradition case.

"Sometimes it seems the airline was not owned by Mallya, but by the Gandhi family in proxy", Patra said, adding that Rahul Gandhi, who himself is out on bail (in the National Herald case), had no right to question others on corruption.

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