Jaitley discusses overstaying of ‘certain individuals’ with UK counterpart

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Mar 2017 08:51:38


LONDON,

Feb 28,

(PTI),

The British Prime Minister's move to drop in during the meeting was described as a "warm gesture" and an indication of the strong focus the UK has on improving relations with India

BRITISH Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday dropped in to a meeting between Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and his UK counterpart during which the issue of “certain individuals who have overstayed” here figured.


Jaitley met the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, at his office in No 11 Downing Street in London.
The British Prime Minister’s move to drop in during the meeting was described as a “warm gesture” and an indication of the strong focus the UK has on improving relations with India.


Brexit and its implications on India-UK ties and the issue of “certain individuals who have overstayed their welcome” in Britain, in an apparent reference to liquor baron Vijay Mallya, were among the topics that were touched upon during the “drop in”, official sources told PTI.


“It sends a signal, like her visit to India did last November when she chose the country as her first outside Europe. The message on Brexit was that it is not a mandate for protectionism and that the UK looks forward to being an open trading nation outside the European Union (EU),” the sources said. Mallya, the chief of the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines, had moved to Britain in March last year after banks sued him to recover around USD 1.4 billion owed by the airline.


Earlier this month, the Indian Government formally requested Britain to extradite him to India to stand trial for alleged loan default and money laundering.
During his talks with Hammond, Jaitley discussed a range of issues centred around the forthcoming India-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue and the India-UK sub-fund under the National Infrastructure Fund.
Jaitley represented the Indian Government at a gala launch of the UK-India Year of Culture hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London on Monday night.