Vijay Mallya claimed that he had met Jaitley before leaving the country in March 2016. Is it true that it was the Prime Minister’s “blue-eyed boy” in the CBI who had diluted the lookout notice against fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya, allowing him to flee the country ?
Gandhi took to Twitter to allege that Gujarat-cadre officer AK Sharma aided Mallya in his escape. He also added that the same Central Bureau of Investigation officer had played a crucial role in allowing fugitive diamond traders Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi to flee.
The same officer was in charge of Nirav Modi & Mehul Choksi’s escape plans. He wrote on the microblogging website.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi continued his attack , saying , this “CBI Jt. Director, A K Sharma, weakened Mallya’s “Look Out” notice, allowing Mallya to escape.
Mr Sharma, a Gujarat cadre officer, is the PM’s blue-eyed-boy in the CBI.
The Congress has accused the Prime Minister and finance minister Arun Jaitley of “helping” Mallya flee the country after defaulting on bank loans. The Congress has demanded Jaitley’s resignation over the issue and a probe into how Mallya escaped From India.
The CBI said it had received a complaint against Nirav Modi and Choksi from Punjab National Bank (PNB) almost a month after they had left the country. Therefore, the question of any CBI officer having any hand in their fleeing the country does not arise. Prompt action was taken by CBI in the case immediately after the complaint was received from the bank,” the agency said.
The CBI also clarified on the Mallya case, saying, the decision to change the LOC [look out circular] against Vijay Mallya was taken. But at that time there was not sufficient grounds for CBI to detain and arrest him. This decision was taken at the appropriate level as a part of process and not individually by the officer.
Those in the know of things say that the UK is the perfect haven for somebody like Vijay Mallya. He has multiple homes there and has a chance to restart his liquor business there too if he wants to.
Moreover, the UK gives refuge to all sorts of individuals, and experts say that if Mallya can convince the authorities there that his life and liberty are in danger in India, he can well obtain asylum there on the grounds of human rights. Lawyers specialising in immigration matters say that the UK is a safer haven than even the US for people like Mallya.
On August 6, 2016, a Delhi court too issued non-bailable warrants against him in a similar complaint filed by the Delhi airport authorities.
The banks are demanding Rs 9,000 crore from him. Mallya is disputing this figure, saying he took loans of no more than Rs 6,000 crore. The interest payment on that and the interest on the interest that has not been paid have added up to make it Rs 9,000 crore. The 62-year-old tycoon, who is on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April last year, is fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore.
Mallya will become a truly non-resident Indian who does not reside in India. What the staffers of Kingfisher Airlines wrote to him in an open letter in March 2016 will then ring true: “People like you start a company with our money, exploit the system and wind up operations without an iota of shame.”