‘Complicity & Collusion of Modi Govt Unmasked’: Congress on Mallya

The Congress on Tuesday demanded a probe into why the PMO and Jaitley did not act against Vijay Mallya.

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Upping the ante against the Narendra Modi government for its "collaboration" in letting Vijay Mallya flee the country, the Congress on Tuesday, 18 September demanded a probe into why the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley did not act against the liquor baron.

The four Cs – Complicity, collusion, connivance and collaboration of the Modi government at the highest level has been unmasked. Nothing can absolve Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of their responsibility in Vijay Mallya’s escape.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala

Pointing to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)'s changing stance against Mallya in the Rs 9,000-crore loan default case, the Congress leader questioned if the "PMO nudged the CBI to protect Mallya".

"Why has CBI shifted its stance thrice – ‘Seeking Advance Information' to ‘Inadvertent Error' to ‘Error of Judgment'? Why are the two officers – Joint Director A K Sharma and SP Harshita Attaluri – mum on the reason for changing ‘Lookout Notice to Detain' to ‘Inform’?” asked Surjewala.

He also said that a consortium of 17 banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI), was advised to move the Supreme Court against Mallya on 29 February 2016 and get his passport impounded.

On 29 February, the banks failed to file a case or move for confiscation of Mallya’s passport. They moved the Supreme Court against Mallya only on 5 March, after he had escaped on 2 March 2016. Who directed them not to act against Mallya?
Randeep Surjewala

Surjewala also questioned Jaitley's failure to inform the banks, the CBI, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) and the immigration authorities about his meeting with Mallya and to detain him.

The Congress demanded a comprehensive probe into the role of the PMO, Jaitley and officers of the Finance Ministry, the CBI – including then Director Anil Sinha, Joint Director Sharma and SP Attaluri – as well as the consortium of banks, particularly the management of SBI, for not acting against Mallya.

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