Jaitley colluded with ‘criminal’ Mallya, allowed him to flee: Rahul

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Sep 2018 08:45:35



ACCUSING the Government and Arun Jaitley of lying on the issue of liquor baron Vijay Mallya, Congress President Rahul
Gandhi on Thursday alleged that the Finance Minister had “colluded with the criminal” and allowed to him to escape from the country. The charge came a day after the former Kingfisher Airlines boss said in London that he met the finance minister before leaving India and offered to settle his dues, a charge denied by Jaitley as “false”.

Stepping up the attack on Jaitley, the Congress Chief said party MP P L Punia saw him sitting with Mallya in the Central Hall of Parliament on March 1, 2016 and holding an elaborate 15-20 minute meeting with him. “Jaitley is lying, the Government is lying on Rafale and the Government is lying on Vijay Mallya. A meeting was held with Mr Arun Jaitley and Vijay Mallya. The logistics of Mallya leaving the country were discussed in that meeting,” Gandhi told reporters.

“Vijay Mallya was given free passage out of the country by the Finance Minister and the Finance Minister has clearly said the criminal told him that he is going to run away. Well, why did you let him run away? Why did you not stop him because you were colluding with him?” he asked.

The Congress Chief said an economic offender talks to the country’s Finance Minister in Parliament for 15-20 minutes before fleeing to London. “The Finance Minister is lying,” he alleged. “For 2.5 yrs Mr Jaitley has hidden from the public and the investigation agencies the meeting, he now suddenly remembers, in which Mallya told him he was leaving for London. This is enough to make his continuance as FM untenable and disgraceful,” Gandhi later tweeted, using hashtag “Arun JaitleyStepDown”. Punia said he had seen Jaitley and Mallya talking discreetly when he was in the Central Hall of Parliament.

“On March 3, we heard from the media that he (Mallya) fled the country on March 2. I have clearly stated about this in each of my interviews with the media. There are CCTV cameras, we can all see that for proof. If I am wrong, I will resign from politics,” Punia said, as he challenged Jaitley to get CCTV footage of March 1. Describing it as an “open and shut case of collusion”, Gandhi said there was some deal between Jaitley, Mallya.