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Rahul accuses Jaitley of colluding with 'criminal' Mallya

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Stepping up his attack on for allegedly meeting before he fled to the UK, today accused the minister of colluding with a "criminal" and not informing the probe agencies, despite having information about the liquor baron's plan to leave the country.

Speaking at a press conference, Gandhi also trained his guns on Narendra Modi, asking, "Why did allow Mallya to escape, or was it an order from the "

"This is a clear-cut case of collusion. There is some deal between them. Minister must resign and this should be investigated," he said.

Senior P L Punia said on March 1, 2016, when he was in the Central Hall of Parliament, he had seen Jaitley and Mallya talking "discretely".

"On March 3, we heard from the media that he (Mallya) fled the country on March 2. I have clearly stated about this in each of my interview with the media. There are CCTV cameras, we can all see that for proof. If I am wrong, I will resign from politics," Punia said.

He added that the meeting between Jaitley and Mallya lasted for 15-20 minutes.

Gandhi wondered that when the "absconder" had informed the minister about leaving the country, why did he not notify it to the (CBI) or (ED).

The accused Jaitley and the government of lying on the issue.

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First Published: Thu, September 13 2018. 13:55 IST