Vijay Mallya Case Live Updates: Rahul Gandhi Accuses PM Modi As Congress, BJP Trade Blows

Vijay Mallya case: Congress President Rahul Gandhi demanded an independent probe into the matter saying that that it was "inconceivable" that CBI aid to Vijay Mallya's escape was done without Prime Minister Narendra Modi's approval.

Vijay Mallya Case Live Updates: Rahul Gandhi Accuses PM Modi As Congress, BJP Trade Blows

Rahul Gandhi has alleged that the CBI had aided Vijay Mallya's "great escape"

New Delhi: 

After Vijay Mallya's sensational claim about meeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before leaving, questions have been raised 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 Mr Mallya. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has alleged that the CBI had aided fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya's "great escape" by changing the "detain" notice to "inform", adding that it was "inconceivable" that this was done without PM Modi's approval.

Rahul Gandhi alleged that Congress leader was witness to a "15-minute sit-down meeting in parliament" just two days before the fugitive tycoon's flight to the UK. Arun Jaitley said the claims were "factually false" and denied giving a formal appointment to Vijay Mallya since 2014, adding that he met him in the parliament corridor. Mr Jaitley said he had been briefed about Vijay Mallya's "bluff offers" earlier, and he had curtly told the businessman that "there was no point talking to me and he must make offers to his bankers".

Here are the LIVE updates on the Congress presser in the Vijay Mallya Case:

Sep 14, 2018
17:37 (IST)
Watch the press briefing here, as tweeted by the Congress Twitter handle:

Sep 14, 2018
17:03 (IST)

Randeep Surjewala attacks the government on the Vijay Mallya issue in a press conference today. Here are the main pointers from the presser:
  • Why did Arun Jaitley not state facts on the parliament floor? Why did he not tell the CBI, fraud investigative office and MEA to detain Vijay Mallya's passport when he knew Mallya was going to London?

  • SBI, 17 banks consortium had given him loans. Supreme Court's Dushyant Dave said SBI's top management had asked how Vijay Mallya should be tried. He told them that his passport should have been taken immediately. Next day, the management didnt meet him.

  • Why didn't the banks take any action when Mallya disappeared?

  • Whats the reason why banks didn't take any action on 5th march 2016, when Mallya had disappeared 3 days back? Doesn't this show that a conspiracy was underway to fool the banks and make Mallya disappear?

  • India's Attorney General and Jaitley's friend Mukul Rohatgi said Mallya had been given the advice to run away. We are not saying this. The AG did. Was this Modi Government's aim?

  • In July 2015, Mallya had become 7,000 crore defaulter. So what reason is there that none of the banks didn't take action against such a defaulter? Who was asking investigating agencies, banks to not take action?

  • CBI has become Comfort Bureau Of BJP.

  • In raids on Kingfisher, Mallya's documents were taken. In 5 days after the raids, CBI released lookout notice to detain. Then the CBI dilutes the notice.

  • Till July 2015, Mallya had defaulted to the tune of 7,000 crore. What is the reason that banks didn't file a case against Mallya? Who in the government was nudging banks to not file a plea against Mallya. CBI's role is dubious. BJP wants to be accountability-free.

  • CBI raided Mallya, KFA, recovered documents. CBI issued a lookout notice to detain on the basis of documents recovered. Don't know who instructed CBI that it changed the order.

Sep 14, 2018
17:00 (IST)
Yesterday, in a press conference Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders attacked the BJP and asked Arun Jaitley to step down. Watch:
Sep 14, 2018
16:56 (IST)
Asked whether he was tipped off about the investigations, Vijay Mallya told reporters yesterday outside a UK court hearing a case on his extradition to India: "I left because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva. I met the finance minister before I left, repeated my offer to settle with the banks. That is the truth." He said he had also told the minister that he was leaving for London.
Sep 14, 2018
16:55 (IST)
Congress leader PL Puniya said he had seen Vijay Mallya and the finance minister speak in the Central Hall of parliament in March 2016, days before the liquor baron left India and flew to the UK amid attempts to recover over Rs. 9,000 crore in unpaid loans from him.

"I was in the central hall of Parliament House. I saw Jaitley and Mallya standing and talking in the corner. After 5-7 minutes, they sat on the bench and started talking. Mallya had come for the first time just to meet Jaitley," Mr 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," he declared.

"After that on March 3 -- he left for London on March 2 -- my reaction was: he met Jaitley two days ago," the Congress leader said.
Sep 14, 2018
16:35 (IST)
Union Minister, Piyush Goyal, said yesterday, "Since 2010, all laws were broken, RBI was roped in to help Vijay Mallya,. Now, we are being blamed. The Prime Minister, Finance Minister of the former UPA government helped Kingfisher in so many ways."
Sep 14, 2018
16:34 (IST)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also attacked the BJP saying, "PM Modi meets Nirav Modi before he flees the country. FM meets Vijay Mallya before he flees India. What transpired in these meetings? People want to know."
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