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Modi hoodwinking people over Mallya's arrest: Cong

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today accused Prime Minister Modi of "hoodwinking" the people of over the arrest of Vijay Mallya in London, and asked him to set a timeline for taking the embattled baron into custody and recovering loans.

Mallya, who was declared a proclaimed offender and fled to the after defaulting on loan repayment to banks in India, was arrested by Yard on India's request for his extradition. He was released on bail a few hours later.

The asked why the sought Mallya's extradition, and not deportation which it claimed would have ensured his immediate custody to

"Strange that he is detained and released in the same go...What kind of extradition is this? He is detained for an hour and is honourably granted bail and is defiant.

"Will it take another dozen years, 15 years, 30 years or our entire lifetime before Mallya is brought back and Rs 9,091 crore of people's money is recovered. These are questions that and Modiji need to answer, instead of hoodwinking the people of India," chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

He asked why the took three years to make the extradition request on February 9, 2017.

"Mallya detained and bailed! shouldn't hoodwink. Tell the timeline of recovery of Rs 9091 crore and his custody.

"Will PM and FM tell the nation the date by which will recover Rs9091 Cr as also physical custody of Mallya and Lalit Modi? (sic)" Surjewala asked.

He claimed that the action against Mallya has come after a relentless campaign by the Congress, its vice president Rahul Gandhi.

The Congress leader posed seven questions to the BJP on the matter.

Noting that Mallya's detention is the first of nine steps of extradition with three possible appeals, the Congress leader asked, "When will we have his custody? Why did the BJP government not move for Mallya's deportation instead of extradition? Deportation would have led to immediate custody to India."

Surjewala also asked why the BJP got Mallya elected as Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka on June 9, 2010 when there was a BJP government in the state.

"Why did the CBI not arrest Mallya and attach his properties at the time of registration of FIR on 29/7/2015 itself preventing his escape?" he asked.

"Why did the BJP government grant loan waiver of Rs 1,200 crore to Mallya on September 16, 2016 despite the fact that he had fled the country with Rs 9,091 crore?" he asked.

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First Published: Tue, April 18 2017. 20:07 IST