RaGa says FM writes blogs, but didn't mention meeting Mallya

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Jaitley said Mallya "misused" the privilege of being a Rajya Sabha MP to catch him in corridors of Parliament.

. Later, Vijay Mallya too backtracked, confirming the minister's version of events.

The lawyer of liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Wednesday claimed that IDBI Bank officials were well aware of the losses incurred in the debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines. "Gandhis were willing to let the economy tank but wanted to keep Kingfisher Airlines afloat".

Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya said Wednesday he met the Finance Minister before leaving India. "Sometimes it seems the airline was not owned by Mallya, but by the Gandhi family in proxy", Patra said, adding that Rahul Gandhi, who himself is out on bail (in the National Herald case), had no right to question others on corruption. Former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha sumemd up the mood of the nation, when he tweeted, "Not only the finance minister, the entire BJP must come clean on its relations with Vijay Mallya".

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In a tweet, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal questioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Nirav Modi before he left the country and the finance minister met Mallya, so what happened in those meeting?

Later, he clarified there was no formal meeting, and his words were blown out of proportion. "I met him in Parliament and told him I am going to London", claimed Mallya.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday slammed Arun Jaitley over Vijay Mallya's alleged claims that he met the Finance Minister with a settlement offer before leaving the country. "The allegations are media created allegations, unfortunately". The remarks also come on the back of charges by the Opposition that the government lax attitude had allowed "defaulters" such as Mallya to flee the country.

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But one Congress leader, PL Punia, has said Jaitley had a "prolonged meeting". But, it was nearly a week by then since Mallya left the country.

"The fundamental point is how he got away despite "lookout notices"?" Indian authorities wouldn't have been in a situation to endlessly wait outside United Kingdom court rooms to get a favourable judgment for Mallya's extradition and even make a presentation to United Kingdom judges about the facilities an conditions of Indian jails. "I did not even receive the papers that he was holding in his hand". "The banks had filed objections to my settlement letters", he had said. "Do we need anymore proof that this govt.is in the pocket of crony capitalists".

Mallya has been out on bail on the extradition warrant since his arrest in United Kingdom last April. "Chowkidaar nahin, Bhagidaar hai (Not a watchman, but a partner)", he tweeted in Hindi.

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