The Congress on Friday raked up the issue of CBI changing the nature of lookout notice against Vijay Mallya last November, just a month after its original issuance , from seeking his detention while leaving the country to that merely providing information about his travel plans.
When he had so many cases against him then why was #VijayMallya allowed to flee the country? Why was lookout notice amended? : Congress— ANI (@ANI_news) March 11, 2016
Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday slammed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his rant against the ruling dispensation over liquor baron Vijay Mallya, saying that the current regime won’t dole out any concessions like the Congress did with Ottavio Quattrocchi.
11: 35 am “It would be better for Rahul Gandhi if he asks his mummy ji, and Manmohan ji as to how the biggest culprit in this country Quattrocchi could flee away from India,” he added.
Naqvi further said in Mallya’s case the law will firmly take its course.
”Every single penny would be addressed, Rahul Gandhi doesn’t need to worry about that,he added.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had on Thursday attacked the government saying the entire country is questioning why this government was helping people like Mallya by allowing him to escape and not fulfilling its promises made to people for bringing back black money and ?giving Rs 15 lakh into every person’s bank account?
9:30 am: Mallya rejects claims he ‘absconded’
Vijay Mallya, who left the country as banks sought to recover more than $1 billion owed by his collapsed Kingfisher Airlines, has rejected suggestions he was an absconder and said he respected the law of the land.
Mallya, a former billionaire who built his fortune on Kingfisher Beer and a current member of parliament, left India last week. More than a dozen banks - led by the country’s biggest, State Bank of India had appealed to the country’s Supreme Court asking that he be prevented from leaving.
“I am an international businessman,” Mallya said in a series of postings on his official Twitter account on Friday. “I travel to and from India frequently. I did not flee from India and neither am I an absconder.”
9: 00 AM Vijay Mallya issue to be taken up by Parl. ethics committee
The ethics committee of Parliament on Friday will take up the issue of liquor baron Vijay Mallya owing Rs 9000 crore to a consortium of banks led by the SBI.
Mallya, who is currently a member of the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Standing Committee on Commerce, made it to the House a second time as an independent candidate from Karnataka.
8: AM Mallya’s great escape rocks Parliament
Liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s departure from the country led to a political slugfest inside and outside Parliament on Thursday with Rahul Gandhi slamming the government for “allowing” him to leave and finance minister Arun Jaitley hitting back by reminding the Congress vice-president of Bofors scam accused Ottavio Quattrocchi’s flight from India.
In the Rajya Sabha, leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad accused the government of being “party to the criminal conspiracy” to allow Mallya to leave the country when he was facing a probe for loan default. Jaitley responded by saying it was during the UPA regime that banks provided loans to him.
While the Congress and the Samajwadi Party attacked the government inside Parliament, Gandhi upped the ante outside, telling reporters, “We simply asked that someone who stole Rs 9,000 crore from the country, how did he run away from the country? How did you allow him to escape? This is the simple question and we neither got a reply to this from Modi-ji nor from Jaitley-ji.”
Jaitley said at a Cabinet briefing that “Rahul-ji should remember that there is a basic difference in Mallya leaving and Quattrocchi going out… When Switzerland officials informed that Quattrocchi was also among the beneficiaries of Bofors and though the person who was heading the CBI investigation earlier, K Madhavan, wrote a letter that his passport should be impounded, the then government had not stopped him and within two days he left India. That was a criminal case.”
Responding to Azad’s charge, Jaitley said the first banking facility was given to Mallya and his companies in September 2004, which were renewed in February 2008. Though in April 30, 2009 Mallya’s accounts were declared non-performing assets, the debts were restructured and more loans were given to him in December 2010, Jaitley said.
“How these accounts were running, what facilities were given, the dates tell their own story,” he said. “In what circumstances were the loans given is an issue of investigation and the CBI is investigating.”
Raising the issue during Zero hour, Azad held the government responsible for allowing Mallya to leave. “Without the participation and without the active support of this government, he could not have left the country,” Azad said.
Comparing Mallya’s fleeing with that of Lalit Modi, the Congress leader said the government had failed to bring back the former IPL chief, too. “One had escaped, the second Lalit Modi (Mallya) should not be allowed to escape.”
Jaitley said it was during UPA rule that Lalit Modi left the country.
The Samajwadi Party’s Naresh Aggarwal said the matter of Mallya, a Rajya Sabha MP, should be referred to Parliament’s ethics committee.
Refuting Azad’s charges, Jaitley said there was no order to stop Mallya from leaving the country. “Mallya had left the country before the banks moved the Supreme Court for seizure of his passport,” he said. Jaitley added that banks had been asked to recover every penny that was due. “The banks are taking all steps to recover every penny lent to him and they will recover it,” he said to jeers from Opposition MPs.
The finance minister said there were 22 cases filed in different parts of the country against Mallya and some of his assets had been attached. Mallya’s liabilities, including interest, totalled Rs 9,091.4 crore as of November 30 last year.