Never gave Vijay Mallya any appointment: Arun Jaitley


Mallya, who talked to the media outside a London court where he is facing extradition proceedings, said: "I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva".

"The entire Gandhi family was in fact helping Mallya and Kingfisher Airlines with the sweet deal", Patra said, while showing a bunch of documents related to the loans given by banks to the airline.

After Vijay Mallya's claims on Wednesday that he met Arun Jaitley before leaving India in 2016, the finance minister dismissed it as "factually false" and said the tycoon had accosted him in the corridor of parliament. 'So, the question of his having met me does not arise, ' he clarified. "I said that I happened to meet Mr Jaitley in Parliament, and I told him that I was leaving for London, and that I want to settle with the banks".

Meanwhile, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Mallya "benefitted from the bank facilities during [the] UPA government", and asked why a "a second restructuring of Vijay Mallya's loan" was allowed in 2010. "The allegations are media created allegations, unfortunately".

Mallya, earlier in the day, had told reporters outside London's Westminster Magistrates' Court, ahead of appearing for hearing in his extradition case, that he did not flee the country with public funds instead he offered a settlement deal to the government.

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"As far as I am concerned, I have made a comprehensive settlement offer before the Karnataka High Court. If I am wrong, I will resign from politics", Punia said. There is nothing that I can do about it.

The extradition trial, which opened at the London court on December 4 previous year, is aimed at laying out a prima facie case of fraud against Mallya. Rather, he will be lodged with other inmates in Barrack number 12 of the Arthur Road Jail.

On Thursday, he further asked: "I learn from my sources that the Lookout Notice issued by CBI for Mallya was modified from "Block Departure" to "Report Departure" on October 24, 2015 on orders from someone in MoF. I hope the honourable judges will consider it favourably; everybody gets paid off and I guess that's the primary objective", said Mallya, who is fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore.

The bench of Emma Arbuthnot is likely to take a final call on handing over Mallya to Indian authorities after reviewing the video on Barrack 12 of Arthur Road jail in Mumbai.

"The evidence is capable of sustaining an inference of dishonesty", said CPS barrister Mark Summers, adding that the government of India has proved that Mallya has a "case to answer" before the Indian courts.