Arun Jaitley ‘colluded’ with Vijay Mallya to let him flee: Rahul Gandhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of “colluding” with fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya to help him flee the country and demanded his resignation.

“The Finance Minister talks to an absconder (Mallya), and the absconder tells the Finance Minister ‘I am going to London’. Yet the Minister neither tells the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Enforcement Directorate (ED) or the police. Why?” Gandhi told the media at the party headquarters here.

“He was given a free passage to leave the country by Jaitley,” said Gandhi and alleged that the logistics of Mallya going out of the country were discussed at that meeting.

“The Finance Minister has colluded with a criminal planning to run away from the country,” he said.

Earlier Vijay Mallya claimed that he met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Parliament before leaving. In reply to this, Arun Jaitley said that he spoke only a few words with Mallya in the Parliament corridor.

Giving details of the alleged Jaitley-Mallya meeting, Congress leader PL Punia today said: “Mallya came to Parliament on March 1, 2016 and talked to Arun Jaitley and two days later media reported that he left the country.”

While confirming the alleged meeting, Punia added: “There were CCTV cameras as well. Mallya left after due consultation with the Finance Minister.”

Earlier BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Jaitley had rebuffed Vijay Mallya änd asked him to talk to the banks instead.

“It comes after Rahul Gandhi’s visit to London. Are Mallya & R Gandhi working in tandem?” Prasad added.