Vijay Mallya a criminal, cannot be taken seriously: Union Minister Piyush Goyal

The Union Minister also demanded Congress president Rahul Gandhi's resignation from all the posts that he holds.

Published: 13th September 2018 06:47 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th September 2018 06:47 PM   |  A+A-

Union minister Piyush Goyal at a press conference. (Photo| PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The BJP on Thursday defended Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as Congress president Rahul Gandhi sought his resignation over his alleged meeting with Vijay Mallya, saying the fugitive businessman was a criminal and his words could not be taken seriously.

At a press conference, Union minister Piyush Goyal asked Gandhi to resign, claiming that due to his family's "relations" with Mallya, banks were pressured by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to sanction loans to the fugitive businessman, violating all norms.

"Rahul Gandhi should answer what were the relations between his family and Mallya," Goyal said, adding that the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines was given loans bypassing all norms, laws and regulations.

Gandhi should resign from all the posts he held, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said.

Mallya, he asserted, had no credibility as he was under the "glare of law" and was a criminal.

He could not be taken seriously, Goyal said.

The fugitive liquor baron had yesterday claimed in London that he had met Jaitley before fleeing to the UK.

Refuting Mallya's claim, Jaitley had said he had never given him an appointment since 2014, but he used his privilege as a Member of Parliament to accost him once in Parliament.

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  • harjit singh chitkara

    Piyush Goyal was seen desperately trying to defend indefensible i.e. Mallya bombshell on his escape. He did not touch why the red corner notice was diluted to mere a watch notice just two days before his escape and that too informing the Big brother of ruling party. He instead harped on the alleged relations of Gandhi family with Mallya. Now is he in position to give date by which Mallya will be brought back to India.
    12 days ago reply