"Absolutely shocking. PM Modi meets Neerav (sic) Modi before he flees the country".
Attacking the BJP, another Congress leader PL Punia said that he saw Jaitley and Mallya having a discussion in the Central Hall of Parliament. Afterwards, Mallya clarified he didn't have any formal meeting with Jaitley but had happened to meet Mr. Jaitley in Parliament, telling him about his departure to London.
Embattled businessman Vijay Mallya told reporters outside London's Westminster Magistrates' Court that he met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before leaving the country and offered to settle his dues with the Indian banks.
A defiant Vijay Mallya, who is facing money laundering charges in multi-crore fraud case in India, on Wednesday claimed that he met the finance minister before leaving the country.
Singhvi said the Congress had repeatedly asserted for the past over 18 months that not only Vijay Mallya, but also Nirav Modi, Choksi and many others have been allowed to leave the country with impunity.
Arun Jaitley was the Finance Minister in 2016 when Mallya left India.
India has requested Mallya's extradition from the United Kingdom so he can face trial on fraud and money laundering charges.
Not only Finance Minister, the entire BJP must come clean on its relations with Vijay Mallya, BJP rebel Yashwant Sinha said. "The statement is factually false in as much as it does not reflect the truth", Jaitley wrote.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi should immediately order an independent probe into Vijay Mallya's "extremely serious allegations" and Arun Jaitley should step down while the investigation will be carried out. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal too demanded the Finance minister to respond and he said "Obviously, PM Knew about it". "You should ask them are they not supporting me in my efforts to repay them", Mallya told the reporters.
"Since he was a Member of Rajya Sabha and he occasionally attended the House, he misused that privilege on one occasion, having been fully briefed about his earlier "bluff offers", I curtly told him "there was no point talking to me and he must make offers to his bankers", Jaitley said. Both political parties don't like me", he said, adding that the banks had rejected his settlement offers. "We need proper disclosures, full inquiries on this", he said. I even did not receive any paper from him at that time. "People want to know", Kejriwal said on Twitter. The Congress also had its own unique way of hitting out at the government on Twitter.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said the entire NDA government was "hand in glove" with scamsters and absconders.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has yet to comment on the Mallya-Jaitley controversy.