In a tweet, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal questioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Nirav Modi before he left the country and the finance minister met Mallya, so what happened in those meeting? Mallya said he met Jaitley and told him to facilitate a settlement deal with banks and, more importantly, also told the finance minister that he was leaving for London.
In 2016, Arun Jaitley had said that there is a legal process to stop somebody from going overseas.
Jaitley added that Mallya, a member of the Rajya Sabha, occasionally attended Parliament and that he "misused" that privilege on one occasion.
Congress lawmaker P L Punia, who also addressed the press conference, said: "I have clearly stated about this (Vijay Mallya meeting Arun Jaitley) in each of my interview with media".
"He paced up to catch up with me and while walking uttered a sentence that "I am making an offer of settlement".
But when reporters asked Mallya about the condition of the jail after the video of his cell was presented to him by the Indian authorities, Mallya labelled it as "pretty impressive".
"The evidence is capable of sustaining an inference of dishonesty", said CPS barrister Mark Summers, adding that the government of India has proved that Mallya has a "case to answer" before the Indian courts. Mark Summers, representing India, said that there was a clear case against Mallya and that what Kingfisher "internally knew was radically different" to what was being told to banks regarding the company's status. "Having been fully briefed about his earlier "bluff offers", without allowing him to proceed with the conversation, I curtly told him "there was no point talking to me and he must make offers to his bankers", said Jaitley.
"I put nearly Rs 15,000 crore offer on the table of the Karnataka High Court".
Vijay Mallya has run away after looting money from banks and the government had this information.
"I did not even receive the papers he was holding in his hand", Jaitley said.
"Either your passport is impounded or there is an order of a court".
Mallya, an alleged financial offender, is facing charges of bank fraud and money laundering in India, amounting to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore. Had the government moved the court pushing for Mallya's detention, or directed the investigators including CBI to detain him citing the seriousness of the case, or at least if the CBI hadn't changed the nature of look out notice a few months before the escape, Mallya would not have left the country.