why the Centre didn't arrest Mallya and confiscate his passport when it came to know he was fleeing the country :congress

why the Centre didn't arrest Mallya and confiscate his passport when it came to know he was fleeing the country :congress

Courtesy : Bureau14/09/2018 07:20

The Congress today asked why the Centre didn't arrest Vijay Mallya and confiscate his passport when it came to know he was fleeing the country. The party said the Modi government was running a "fleece", "fly" and "settle abroad" travel agency.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the beleagured airline and liquor baron looted Rs 9,000 crore, and met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before leaving India. He said the External Affairs Ministry said on March 10, 2016, that it was never asked to arrest Mallya. "Why?" he asked.

"There is an established principle in criminal law called 'last seen evidence'." Surjewala said. "When Nirav Modi fled from country, he was last seen photographed with PM Modi. Mehul Choksi, too, was last seen with PM Modi. Now Mr Mallya was last seen with FM Arun Jaitley before fleeing the country."

Yesterday, Mallya told reporters in London that he met Jaitley before he left India -- but later said he never met the finance minister formally.

Jaitley said Mallya accosted him in Parliament, and made "an offer of settlement".

"Having been fully briefed about his earlier 'bluff offers', without allowing him to proceed with the conversation, I curtly told him 'there was no point talking to me and he must make offers to his bankers'," the finance minister said. "I did not even receive the papers that he was holding in his hand."

Earlier today, Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy said it was an "undeniable fact" that Vijay Mallya told Arun Jaitley in Parliament that he was leaving for London.

Another such fact, according to Swamy, was that a lookout notice was "diluted on [October] 24, 2015 from 'Block' to 'Report' departure, enabling Mallya to depart with 54 checked luggage items".

Swamy said he learned from "sources" the lookout notice was downgraded on the orders of "someone" in the Ministry of Finance.

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