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Jaitley refutes charges of meeting Mallya

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Union Jaitley on Wednesday rebuffed the claims by fugitive liquor baron that "he met the before he left for London".

Speaking to ANI on Mallya's claim, Jaitley said, "I have seen the statement of 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."

Recalling the only one instance from the past, Jaitley said, "I do remember on one occasion, he misused his privileges of Member of and while I was walking from the to my room and (he) suggested that he was going to make some offer of settlement. I did not even bother to get details from him. I curtly told him that he must go and make it to the bankers because I was fully aware that he had no intentions to pay back the bankers money. He tried to make some offer or a suggestion which I refused to entertain. There is no question of my ever met him or spoken to him. I did not even receive any paper from him at that time and therefore to convey the impression that he met me with an offer of settlement. Well! If this is what he is referring to then I am sure this is factually not correct, he must come out with facts."

This comes after Mallya, who left in March 2016 claimed in on Wednesday that he had met the before leaving "I met the before I left," claimed outside where his extradition case is being heard.

Mallya, who is wanted in for defaulting on to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore, has been in the UK since March 2016. He was arrested by the on an extradition warrant in April this year.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 20:51 IST