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Vijay Mallya claims he met Finance Minister before leaving India Arun Jaitley rubbishes charge

He told, "I left because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva".

When asked whether he could persuade Jaitley to abolish income tax at the same event, Swamy said: "I have to persuade Arun Jaitley to resign and go, and not to persuade him to abolish Income Tax which he will never do".

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad pointed out that Mallya had made the comment weeks after Rahul Gandhi's return from a visit to London, News 18 reported.

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.

"I am certainly a scapegoat, I feel like a scapegoat".

"There is a reason why Rahul Gandhi has formed a mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) with Vijay Mallya and relies on such fugitives' statements - ever since the Narendra Modi government brought in the Fugitive Economic Offender's Law - bhagodas (absconders) and potential bhagodas are feeling anxious", Poonawalla alleged.

"As far as I am concerned, I have". "I met the Finance Minister before I left", Mallya claimed outside Westminster Magistrates' Court where his extradition case is being heard.

Earlier Mallya had said that he met Jaitley and repeated his offer to settle the loans. "On March 1, 2016, when I was in Central Hall of Parliament House, I witnessed Arun Jaitley and Vijay Mallya talking discretely".

Mallya, who left India on March 2, 2016, and is facing charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore and fighting an extradition case, had told reporters in London that he met the finance minister before leaving India and offered to settle with the banks.

He said the Congress sought to make an issue of exchange of "just half a sentence" between the two, Prasad said.

"I did not even receive the papers he was holding in his hand", Jaitley said.

Mallya has been on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April previous year and is fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs9,000 crore.

Since his arrest in April past year, Vijay Mallya, has been on bail on an extradition warrant.

In an earlier hearing, Mallya had said that he can not go back to India because of the condition of Indian jails, after which the London court asked Indian authorities to submit a step by step video of the of the Mumbai prison to clear the doubt on availability on natural light. Also, if he felt a declared defaulter of bank loans to the tune of thousands of crores was trying to use his privilege as a Rajya Sabha MP to influence a cabinet minister, he ought to have informed the House about it or shared the information with the media.

Mallya has been out on bail on the extradition warrant since his arrest in United Kingdom last April.

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