Mallya backtracks after saying he met Arun Jaitley before leaving India

Met finance minister before leaving the country Vijay Mallya

On Wednesday, 12th September, Mallya reached the London's Westminster Magistrates court where it has been made a decision to announce the verdict for fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya's extradition case on the 10th of December.

The sensational claims of Mallya, outside a London court on Wednesday, sparked a fire in Indian political discourse.

Mallya is wanted in India for defaulting on bank loans to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore, has been in the United Kingdom since March 2016.

In a statement issued on Facebook, the Finance Minister said that Mallya's statement is "factually false".

Mallya, who talked to the media outside a London court where he is facing extradition proceedings, said: "I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva".

Congress President Rahul Gandhi has not reacted on this startling revelation, but one wonders how he can continue to function as the finance minister.

Mallya claimed he met the FM before leaving the country and gave the offer to settle with banks.

Jaitley said Mallya "misused" the privilege of being a Rajya Sabha MP to catch him in corridors of Parliament on one occasion while he was walking out of the House to go to his room.

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The statement further read, "Since 2014, I have never given him any appointment to meet me and the question of his having met me does not arise". Mallya also said he was not "tipped off" by anyone to flee the country.

He later said he never met Arun Jaitley formally. "The allegations are media created allegations, unfortunately". So, obviously the comments are referring his meeting with Arun Jaitley.

Also Read | Will Mallya be extradited to India?

Vijay Mallya stands outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain, September 12, 2018.

Terming Mallya's offer to settle overdue loans of more than Rs 9,000 crore to his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines as "bluff offers", Jaitley said he did not even take the papers the liquor baron was carrying during that brief encounter.

Congress and other opposition parties latched onto Mallya's statement to question the government about the circumstances in which the defaulter businessman fled the country.

The Indian government says Kingfisher took out a series of loans from Indian banks, in particular the state-owned IDBI, with the aim of palming off huge losses which Mallya knew the failing airline was going to sustain. Judge Emma Arbuthnot said she had seen the video three times and did not direct court officials to show it.

Mallya has been on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April a year ago, responded to the swarm of reporters gathered outside the court in his characteristic manner, saying the "courts will decide".

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