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NDA govt took no action against Mallya despite registration of CBI FIR: Cong

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The accused Thursday the Narendra Modi-led NDA government of taking no action against fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya, accused of Rs 9,000-crore bank fraud, despite registration of an FIR by the CBI in July 2015.

asked who got the CBI "lookout notice" of October 16, 2015 changed for detaining Mallya to merely an "inform notice" on November 23, 2015.

He alleged a consortium of 17 banks led by the SBI moved the debt recovery tribunal for action against Mallya on February 28, 2016 but it was advised to move the By the time court was moved he had already escaped, the said.

"Who directed the banks to not to act and delay filing of the case in the Supreme Court, until March 5, 2016, so that Mallya can escape on March 2, 2016," he asked.

"Why did meet and discuss the loan default of Rs 9,000 crore with in Parliament? Is it legally, ethically and morally correct on part of Jaitley to hold such discussions with an economic offender against whom banks have filed a case," Surjewala asked.

The Congress said Mallya admitted to informing Jaitley that he was leaving for but despite knowing about Mallya's intention of escaping "why did Jaitley not tell CBI/ED/SFIO/to detain and arrest Mallya? Was he being tipped to escape?"

Surjewala also asked why the Narendra Modi-led government had permitted Mallya to receive millions of dollars in and abroad from

He alleged that a sum of USD 300 million was paid to him by which bought many of his companies.

"How did the permit to receive millions of dollars in and abroad from Is it not correct that Diageo paid a sum of USD 40 million to Mallya as part of agreement dated February 25, 2016 and USD 58 million to him in two tranches of South African Breweries," Surjewala questioned.

"Is it also not correct that Diageo paid USD 141 million to on a loan taken by Mallya's UB Group Company and USD 42 million on a loan taken by his Why couldn't the Rs 9,000 crore owed to Indian banks then be recovered," he asked.

He posed a set of six questions to the government asking why was no action taken against Mallya for the bank fraud, despite registration of an FIR by the CBI.

Ravi Shankar Prasad's claim that had met Mallya, Surjewala said, "Unfortunately, an spends more time in the BJP office than in the Law ministry."

"The went to multiple times, does it mean that he was going there to support Mallya? Ji and his family have gone there multiple times. Were they being hosted by Mallya," he asked.

He claimed almost all Union ministers had gone there multiple times and asked if it meant that all of them had gone there to meet

The Congress alleged, "Till date, the has not moved for the extradition of Lalit Modi. Is he not an Indian fugitive? Does it not mean that the is protecting him? For three years, neither have you sought deportation nor sought his extradition.

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First Published: Thu, September 13 2018. 21:35 IST