Rahul Gandhi, family partially owned Kingfisher Airlines through proxy: BJP

Sitharaman termed the Congress demand for the finance minister's resignation as "motivated". "It was agreed that they would meet Monday morning to get an order from the Supreme Court restraining Mallya from leaving the country".

Jaitley's response came after his political detractors began to ask him to respond to Mallya's huge revelation. 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.

Jaitley has vehemently denied the charge, saying he never gave Mallya any appointment.

Questioning the denial of Jaitley and Union government, Modi said that many people know Jaitley met Mallya and now the denial doesn't suit him.

The court in London said it will give its decision on December 10 on whether Mallya can be sent back to India.

In a statement issued on Facebook, the Finance Minister said that Mallya's statement is "factually false".

At a press conference in the afternoon, the Congress president said party Member of Parliament P L Punia saw Jaitley sitting with Mallya in Parliament's Central Hall on March 1, 2016, and held an elaborate 15-20-minute meeting with him. I have clearly stated about this in each of my interview with the media. There are CCTV cameras.

Goyal said Mallya was a criminal, had no credibility as he was under the "glare of law" and his words could not be taken seriously.

The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airline boss, who has been on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April 2017, is fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crores.

"On August 18, 2010, a company-specific letter was sent to RBI (Reserve Bank of India) and the issue was resolved on August 27". He asked Gandhi to resign, claiming that due to his family's "relations" with Mallya, banks were pressurised by the UPA government to sanction loans to the fugitive businessman bypassing all norms, laws and regulations.

"Why was a second restructuring of Vijay Mallya's loan allowed in 2010 contrary to the rules?"

Earlier in January, Swamy had praised Manmohan Singh's tenure as the finance minister and denounced the practise of handing over the finance portfolio to lawyers.

Meanwhile, in an all-out attack against the Congress, the BJP on Thursday alleged that the previous UPA government had given a "sweet deal" to the beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines to keep it afloat and suggested that the airline was perhaps owned by the Gandhi family. He fled from India in March 2016 and has been living in the United Kingdom ever since.

  • Rogelio Becker