The ruling on whether Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya can be extradited from Britain to India to face fraud charges will be given on December 10, a London judge said on Wednesday, after she heard closing submissions in the case. And now another alleged defaulter Lalit Modi had spoken on the issue and asked Jaitley to accept that he met Mallya on March 1, 2016 - a day before he left the country. "That's the truth", he maintained.
Mallya, who talked to the media outside a London court where he is facing extradition proceedings, said: "I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva". So, obviously the comments are referring his meeting with Arun Jaitley.
Congress leader PL Punia said he witness Mallya meeting Jaitley in Parliament during 2016 Budget session.
He also accused Jaitley of not notifying the CBI or ED even after Mallya informed the finance minister about "fleeing the country". "Is there anything common between them (Mallya and Rahul Gandhi)?" the law minister asked.
Gandhi's press conference, his second in a fortnight with an earlier one on the Rafale deal, sought to corner both Jaitley and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Notably, five months later, Mallya, who owes more than Rs 9,000 crore to Indian banks, flew out of the country in March 2016.
Jaitley, in his long post, said that since 'he (Vijay Mallya) was a Rajya Sabha member and he occasionally attended the House, he misused that privilege on one occasion while I was walking walking out the house to go my room'.
March 8, 2016: The consortium moves the Supreme Court to freeze the passport of Mallya, who had reached London almost a week earlier.
He said Mallya, while walking alongside, "uttered a sentence that "I am making an offer of settlement".
On a day when BJP leader Subramanian Swamy joined Congress to allege that the vigil against Mallya was lowered on a goal, sources in the agency claimed that the "detain" order had been issued by mistake.
Unlike his party, BJP parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy appears to have taken Mallya's claim at face value.
He also hit out at CBI saying that the notice issued by CBI against Mallya was diluted from "Block" to "Report" departure, allowing him to depart with 54 checked luggage. "The FM must resign and the matter should be investigated", Gandhi told reporters at the Congress party's central headquarters.
As the controversy over downgrading the Lookout Circular (LOC) from "detain" to "inform only" against Vijay Mallya erupted once again on Thursday, the Central Bureau of Investigation repeated its stand that there was no foul play.
As he headed inside the court, Mallya told reporters that he had offered a "comprehensive" settlement.