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Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya on Wednesday stoked a controversy after he claimed that he met the Finance Minister to “settle matters” before he fled to the United Kingdom. “I met the finance minister to settle matters before I left. The banks had filed objections to my settlement letters,” said Mallya outside London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
The fugitive liquor baron is wanted in India in connection with cases of fraud and money laundering to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore. Mallya is fighting his extradition to India saying that Indian jails do not have proper air and light. However, the CBI has submitted an 8-minute video of Barrack Number 12 of the Arthur Road jail where Mallya upon his extradition might land.
Intrestingly, last month, Congress president had alleged that Mallya had met some BJP leaders before he fled and BJP was going easy on some businessmen like Mallya.
“Before Mallya left India, he met senior BJP leaders. That is documented. I won’t name them,” Rahul Gandhi had said.