PM behind Vijay Mallya’s “Great Escape”: Rahul Gandhi’s attacks govt

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday continued his attack on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and PM Narendra Modi over the Vijay Mallya issue. Rahul accused PM of playing a role in fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya’s “Great Escape”.

The Congress president implied in a tweet that the CBI’s move to dilute a lookout notice against Mallya was sanctioned by the PM.

The CBI has admitted to downgrading the lookout notice against Vijay Mallya from “detention” to “report”, because it didn’t believe the tycoon was a flight risk. The CBI says the notice, put out on October 16, 2015, was converted on November 24 into a notice for “report on arrival” because the liquor baron had, at the time, frequently travelled between India and UK and also submitted to questioning.

The CBI says Mallya was questioned on December 9, 10 and 11. There was no reason to believe he could escape, said officials, defending the diluted notice. The first notice, the investigation agency said, was a “mistake” — the Mumbai immigration branch checked out the detention column while filling a form.

Mallya’s sensational claim from London about meeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before leaving, the opposition has raised questions about the notice and why he was allowed to leave. Over the past two days, there has been non-stop sparring between the ruling BJP and the Congress, each accusing the other of proximity to Mallya. Rahul Gandhi has asked Jaitley to step down till the investigation is on.

On Thursday the Congress addressed media person and a party leader PL Puniya alleged that he had seen Mallya in conversation with Arun Jaitley in the central hall of parliament, two days before the businessman flew out on March 2, 2016, in the middle of attempts by banks to recover nearly Rs 9,000 crore from him in unpaid loans.

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“It was a 15-20 minute, sit-down meeting,” said Rahul Gandhi. Sitting near him, PL Puniya said: “It is my challenge. You can look at CCTV footage and see if I am wrong. If I am wrong, I will resign.”

Mallya has claimed that he met the finance minister to discuss settlement of his dues with banks, but Jaitley has called his statements false, and said the businessman accosted him in parliament misusing his MP privileges.

 

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