Congress in RS: BJP-Led Govt Allowed Vijay Mallya to Escape

Congress accused the BJP-led govt of having failed to prevent liquor baron Vijay Mallya from leaving the country.

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The Congress, on Thursday, raised the issue of liquor baron Vijay Mallya in the Rajya Sabha and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of having failed to detain him.

The issue was raised in the house by Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress, who said Mallya should not have been allowed to leave as there were serious charges against him.

Responding to the charges, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that Mallya was given loans when the Congress-led UPA was in power at the Centre.

On this, Azad said that it was the banks who gave him loans and since he has cases against him now, he should not have been allowed to leave the country.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh also said that the main point was not who gave him the loans, it was who allowed him to leave India.

Mallya, on Wednesday, was issued a notice by the Supreme Court, based on a plea by a consortium of 17 banks led by the State Bank of India, which sought his personal appearance before the court along with his passport.

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