Jaitley Must Resign From Cabinet, Says Rahul

IDBI officials knew of losses at Kingfisher, claims Mallya's lawyer

Met Finance Minister before I left India, says Vijay Mallya outside UK court

Let him just accept he did. You can check the CCTV footage of Central Hall for March 1.

Meanwhile, in an all-out attack against the Congress, the BJP on Thursday alleged that the previous UPA government had given a "sweet deal" to the beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines to keep it afloat and suggested that the airline was perhaps owned by the Gandhi family.

Besides, the probe was in an initial stage and the CBI was collecting documents from the IDBI in the Rs 900 crore loan default case, they said.

Swamy also claimed that the dilution had been done at a very high level. He raised questions on how the lookout notice against the absconding businessman got diluted that eventually allowed him to flee the country.

Reading out from one of a bunch of papers, which he said were evidence of the links between the Congress and the wanted tycoon, Mr Mallya said the loans to the now defunct airline were restructured twice - in 2008 and 2012.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi holds a press conference in Delhi today, in which he slammed the Modi government after the statement of fugitive Vijay Mallya that he met finance minister Arun Jaitley before leaving the country.

Seeking to shift the blame, the BJP leaders including top Union ministers alleged many Congress leaders had tried to save Mallya and his sinking business empire. Hours later, he however backtracked and said that there was no formal meeting.

Responding to a query sent by The Indian Express over Mallya's meeting with Jaitley and details of offer of settlement, Clare Montgomery, Mallya's lawyer in the extradition case in London, said: "I am not permitted under my professional rules to make any comment about this case, either on or off the record".

Joining BJP's counter-offensive, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asked whether Rahul and Mallya were "working in tandem" and claimed the liquor baron had allegedly benefitted from bank facilities during the UPA government. "Finance Minister Jaitley must resign and this should be investigated", he said. "Our MP, P.L. Punia, was a witness", the Congress president said. Later, Vijay Mallya too backtracked, confirming the minister's version of events. So why is Rahul Gandhi asking us who Mallya ran into at certain corridors, Patra asked.

"Mallya clarified that there was no formal meeting with Jaitley". Since 2014, I have never given him any appointment to meet me and the question of his having met me does not arise.

"It was a 15-20 minute, sit-down meeting.The finance minister has to explain to the country why he has colluded with the criminal and why was he having a meeting with a criminal", he added. What does that mean?

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