Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was quick to move and clarify on the claims made by absconding tycoon Vijay Mallya.
Mallya had claimed that he had met Jaitley with an offer of settlement.
Mallya is currently wanted in India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs. 9,000 crore.
Jaitley said that Mallya’s claims that they met with an offer of settlement is factually false.
He said that since 2014, he had never given him any appointment and so the question of a meeting does not arise.
Jaitley said that there was one occasion where as a Rajya Sabha member Mallya had misused the privilege to come to him with an offer of settlement.
But Jaitley claimed that curtly told Mallya “there was no point talking to me and he must make offers to his bankers.”
It need be mentioned that Mallya’s claims could be damaging for the Arun Jaitley as much as for his party which is why he was quick to clarify.
It remains to be seen whether Congress buys into this line of explanation.>