Rahul Gandhi demands Arun Jaitley’s resignation over Vijay Mallya’s claim

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"The statement is factually false in as much as it does not reflect truth", he asserted. "Since 2014, I have never given him any appointment to meet me and the question of his having met me does not arise", Jaitley wrote in a Facebook post.

Speaking outside a London court, Mallya said, "I met the finance minster to settle matters before I left. Before leaving I met the finance minister and offered to settle (the issue with the banks)", Mallya said, without naming the minister.

On being asked if he has convinced the Court that he has the means to pay what he said he will, Mallya told media here, "Obviously, that is why a settlement offer has been made".

"I did not even receive the papers that he was holding in his hand".

Reacting to Vijay Mallya's comment that he met Arun Jaitley before leaving India, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said that PM Narendra Modi should launch an independent probe into the matter. It was followed by a related enforcement order in June, granting permission to the UK High Court Enforcement Officer to enter Mallya's properties in Hertfordshire, near London, where he has been based since he left India in March 2016.

It is known news that Vijay Mallya, is wanted on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs. 9,000 crore. The London court was hearing the closing arguments in the extradition case against Mallya on Wednesday, as well as review the video of jail cell prepared for him by the Indian authorities. "Everybody gets paid off and I guess that's the primary objective", he said.

PTI quoted Mallya as saying in London, referring to his earlier statement that he had "met" Jaitley: "I am afraid this is a controversy created by my friends in media".

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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal attacked the BJP-led government on Twitter saying, "PM Modi meets Nirav Modi before he flees the country".

"I have no comment, you are hearing everything in court", he added on further questions by the reporters.

As for Swamy, he repeated the content of his claims made in June and tweeted once again on Wednesday, "I learn from my sources that the Lookout Notice issued by CBI for Mallya was modified from "Block Departure" to "Report Departure" on October 24, 2015 on orders from someone in MoF".

"The government should now explain how and why he was allowed to leave and what transpired at those meetings".

The Congress also claimed on its official Twitter handle that Vijay Mallya met Arun Jaitley "several times" before escaping the country to discuss a settlement plan.

Another Congress leader, Anand Sharma, questioned that the government had information on Mallya, but the finance minister didn't mention this in this speech in the Parliament. "The nation wants to know", he said, adding that the government was fully complicit in the "flight" of people like Mallya and others from the country.

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