Speaking further about the ongoing controversy, Prasad said that Mallya's claim of meeting Jaitley before moving to London are all false and baseless.
In London for the hearing of his extradition case, Vijay Mallya - who is wanted on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs. 9,000 crore - said he met Mr Jaitley before leaving India in 2016. "Since 2014, I have never given him any appointment to meet me and the question of his having met me does not arise". In this case, Mallya being a Rajya Sabha member should have sought leave of absence from the House before leaving.
"He paced up to catch up with me and while walking uttered a sentence that 'I am making an offer of settlement, '" Jaitley wrote.
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Recalling an instance Jaitley said: "I do remember on one occasion, he misused his privileges of Member of Rajya Sabha and while I was walking from the Rajya Sabha to my room and (he) suggested that he was going to make some offer of settlement". However, he left to United Kingdom without paying bank debts and Government of India's plans of extradition didn't work out yet.
Judge Arbuthnot said that she watched the video evidence of the barrack at Arthur Road jail three times and that for her the most important point to consider is whether "there is a prima facie case" against Mallya.
Earlier in the day, Congress president Rahul Gandhi while addressing a press conference on the matter along with party spokespersons accused the finance minister of "colluding" with the fugitive liquor baron and demanded that he (Jaitley) should tender his resignation. Mallya also said he was not "tipped off" by anyone to flee the country.
"Vijay Mallya could not have left the country if the lookout notice had not been watered down. If I am wrong, I will resign from politics", Punia said. SBI along with other lenders also approached the Karnataka High Court appealing for Mallya's arrest and impoundment of his passport.
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"I am certainly a scapegoat, I feel like a scapegoat". That is the truth.' However, he did not mention that it was Arun Jaitley.
Vijay Mallya leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain, September 12, 2018.
He sarcastically described the video of Barrack 12 at Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail, which has been prepared for him, as "very impressive".
Mallya has been on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April past year and is fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crores.
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