- Vijay Mallya had raised issue of poor condition of Indian jails
- PM Narendra Modi had a sharp retort for his British counterpart
- Vijay Mallya, 62, is wanted in India for defaulting on loans worth crores
According to the foreign minister, PM Modi told the British PM that it was not right for courts in her country to ask about the condition of Indian jails, "as we still have the prisons where they jailed our leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru."
The two prime ministers had the discussion when they met in London in April on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and discussed Vijay Mallya's extradition.
Vijay Mallya, 62, is wanted in India for defaulting on loans worth crores and also in a money-laundering case. He escaped to the UK in 2016 when a group of banks launched efforts to recover around Rs 9,000 crore from him. He was arrested in the UK last year on an extradition warrant.
India, she asserted, was serious about Vijay Mallya's extradition.
Though the PM's reply scored high on sting, some critics remarked that the same comment also communicated how 70 years later, Indian jails have not changed much since Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru were prisoners.