Published On : Fri, Sep 14th, 2018

CBI would not change Mallya lookout notice without PM’s nod: Rahul

Congress president Rahul Gandhi continues his attack on the BJP over Vijay Mallya. @RahulGandhi tweets: “Mallya’s Great Escape was aided by the CBI quietly changing the “Detain’ notice for him, to “Inform’. The CBI reports directly to the PM. It is inconceivable that the CBI, in such a high profile, controversial case, would change a lookout notice without the approval of the PM.”

Yesterday, Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP-led Central Government of providing Vijay Mallya a “free passage” to “run away” from India.

“The government is lying on Vijay Mallya. He was given a free passage out of the country by the Finance Minister,” he said while addressing media, adding, “The Finance Minister has colluded in a criminal running away from the country.”

On Wednesday, fugitive liquor baron Mallya claimed that he met Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before leaving the country in March 2016.

“I met the Finance Minister before I left,” Mallya said on Wednesday outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court where his extradition case is being heard.

Alleging that Mallya was allowed to escape by changing the ‘arrest notice’ to ‘inform notice’, the Congress president hinted that the CBI could have been involved in the matter.

“Finance Minister talks to an absconder, absconder tells him that he going to London. Finance Minister does not tell this to the CBI, ED or police. Why? The arrest notice was changed to inform notice. This can be done only by the one who controls CBI,” he said.

Rebutting Mallya’s claims, Jaitley had told ANI, “I have seen the statement of Vijay Mallya where he claims to have met me with an offer of settlement. Nothing could be further from truth. I never gave him (Mallya) an appointment, never at my office, never at my residence. Nor I was ever offered to meet him.”