Changing LoC against Vijay Mallya was an error of judgement, says CBI

Congress president Rahul Gandhi

Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has also accused Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of not informing the investigating agencies of Vijay Mallya's plans to flee the country despite meeting the fugitive businessman during the Budget session of Parliament in 2016.

"Sometimes it seems the airline was not owned by Mallya, but by the Gandhi family in proxy", Patra said.

Observing the case from foreign land, Modi commented on the ongoing political turmoil in the country and made a sharp attack on the Union Finance Minister.

Mallya, who is accused of defrauding Indian banks of over Rs 9,000 crore, claimed during his extradition trial in London that he had met Jaitley in Parliament and told him that he was ready to settle his dues to banks.

Rahul, who had on Wednesday night also sought Jaitley's resignation after Mallya dropped his bombshell of the sensational claim, alleged the finance minister had "colluded with the criminal" and allowed him to escape from the country.

"He paced up to catch up with me and while walking uttered a sentence that "I am making an offer of settlement".

"I did not even receive the papers he was holding in his hand", Jaitley said.

"I met the finance minster to settle matters before I left".

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Hitting out at the Congress, she said letters were written to the Reserve Bank of India and State Bank of India during the UPA's rule to help Mallya.

Jaitley in a post on Facebook on Wednesday evening wrote: "The statement is factually false in as much as it does not reflect truth".

"Either your passport is impounded or there is an order of a court".

The LoC depends on the issuing authority and, unless it asks the BoI to detain a person or to stop him from boarding a plane, no action is taken. Sitting next to Rahul at the press meet, Punia said on March 1, 2016, he saw Mallya and Jaitley engaged in an intimate conversation while standing in a corner of Central Hall and they later sat down and carried on their chat.

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.

Mallya has been on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April previous year, responded to the swarm of reporters gathered outside the court in his characteristic manner, saying the "courts will decide". "I am sorry to say that I can not therefore respond to your query".

"As far as I am concerned, I have".

The extradition trial, which opened at the London court on 4 December past year, is aimed at laying out a prima facie case of fraud against Mallya.

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