Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday came out all guns blazing at the Congress party and alleged that since 2010 UPA “violated” all norms for fugitive business tycoon Vijay Mallya.
“Since 2010 UPA has violated all norms for Vijay Mallya & Kingfisher Airlines. This shows the propensity to which the Congress can lie to cover-up their sins,” Goyal said in a press conference.
“Gandhi family gave special privileges to Vijay Mallya. Congress president should resign,” Goyal further said.
Gandhi on Thursday demanded Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s resignation after accusing him of colluding with Vijay Mallya and giving him a free passage to flee the country.
Rahul Gandhi and Mallya both were lying about Union Minister Arun Jaitley meeting the latter, he said.
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Railways Minister also dragged former PM Manmohan Singh in the case.
“Vijay Mallya wrote a letter to former PM Manmohan Singh,” Goyal alleged.
Liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya on Wednesday said that he met the finance minister before leaving India, a sensational claim denied by Arun Jaitley as “factually false.”
Mallya (62), on Wednesday, appeared before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in a case regarding his extradition to India to face the trial on fraud and money laundering charges.
The extradition trial is aimed at laying out a prima facie case of fraud against Mallya. It also seeks to prove there are no “bars to extradition” and that the tycoon is assured a fair trial in India over his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines’ alleged default of over Rs 9,000 crores in loans from a consortium of Indian banks.
Mallya’s defence team has deposed a series of expert witnesses to claim he had no “fraudulent” intentions and that he is unlikely to get a fair trial in India.