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CBI admits 'error of judgement' in changing lookout circular against Vijay Mallya

CBI admits 'error of judgement' in changing lookout circular against Vijay Mallya

Allegations flew thick and fast on Thursday between the Congress and the BJP over the Vijay Mallya affair - Rahul Gandhi accused Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of lying to hide the "free passage" he allegedly gave to the defaulter aviation tycoon to flee to London, while the ruling party counter-claimed the Gandhi family tried to salvage the sinking Kingfisher Airlines with a "sweet deal".

"There are documents that show how the Reserve Bank of India and the United Progressive Alliance under Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh had given "sweet deals" to Kingfisher Airlines", Patra said, referring to the airline that was owned by the liquor baron.

The defence minister told news agency PTI that a brief conversation which Mallya had with Jaitley in a corridor of Parliament is being "played up" and asserted that responses to the issue have "reinforced" the fact it was not a conversation of any merit.

Jaitley, in his long post, said that since 'he (Vijay Mallya) was a Rajya Sabha member and he occasionally attended the House, he misused that privilege on one occasion while I was walking walking out the house to go my room'.

"He paced up to catch up with me and while walking uttered a sentence that "I am making an offer of settlement". FM Jaitley said, "I have never given Mallya any appointment to meet me".

"I met the finance minster to settle matters before I left". Arun Jaitley it's become a habit to lie.

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"Either your passport is impounded or there is an order of a court". Originally, the lookout notice for him was to stop him and hand him over to the police.

While the banks missed out on stopping Mallya from leaving the country, the SBI-led consortium of 17 banks finally filed a petition in the Supreme Court on March 5.

Punia took over: "I saw Mallya talking to Jaitley in a corner of the Central Hall (of Parliament) on March 1, 2016, a day before he fled".

The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss, who appeared before the Westminster Magistrates' Court in a case regarding his extradition to India to face the trial on fraud and money laundering charges, was asked by reporters if he was "tipped off" to leave the country.

"I have no comment, you are hearing everything in court", he added on further questions by the reporters. "If I am wrong, I will resign from politics", Punia said.

The extradition trial, which opened at the London court on 4 December previous year, is aimed at laying out a prima facie case of fraud against Mallya. He alleged banks were pressured by the UPA regime to sanction loans to Mallya due to the Gandhi family's "relations" with him.


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