The controversy surrounding the Vijay Mallya seems to have no end. Political atmosphere is heated with back to back allegations by both parties against each other. Amidst of all this, the prestigious investigating agency of India, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has now hit back on Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi in a press conference on Thursday said that ‘the lookout notice to restrain Mallya was diluted’. He demanded answers on two questions from the ruling party BJP
- How can the Finance Minister have a meeting with an absconder? Why did FM of the time not inform ED, CBI and Police that Mallya was going to leave for London?
- The restrain notice against Mallya — who made it an inform notice? Why the notice was changed to inform, not restrain?
The Congress President also laid allegation that this change in notice can only be done by people in power. Only they are the person who can control the CBI. He attacked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Prime Minister Modi that either Finance Minister himself has got the notice changed or he has done this following the orders of Prime Minster Narendra Modi
“In government, the PM decides everything. And the FM listens to the PM. Let Arun Jaitley say whether he let a criminal escape or whether the order came from above. It can’t be a coincidence. FM has admitted that Mallya told him he’s going to London. And yet, FM took no action, didn’t inform agencies? Why? What was the reason? What was the deal? There’s a notice to restrain Mallya. Why is the notice changed to inform, not restrain? Only PM and FM could have. FM is lying. The meeting was held, logistics of Mallya leaving were discussed. Mallya was given free passage to run away. Why did you let him run away? Why didn’t you stop him?” said Congress President
To his allegations, the CBI sources have come up with a reply explaining why Vijay Mallya wasn’t arrested although the agency made it clear too that there is “no immediate need to respond to Rahul Gandhi’s allegations”.
Chronology of Events
According to sources, In November 2015, when Vijay Mallya was to return to India, a day before that Bureau of Immigration made an informal call to CBI to enquire whether Vijay Mallya should be arrested since a lookout circular was issued against him
Mallya flies to London twice after his November trip
December 2015: CBI questioned Vijay Mallya thrice after he returned from London
As CBI was not facing any issue, it conveyed to the Bureau of Immigration that there was no need to arrest Vijay Mallya since he was cooperating with the agency. According to information put forth by the investigating agency, during the during the first two trips, Mallya had informed the agency about his business meetings; however, CBI was not informed about the last trip after which he never returned
How hard the Congress President may try to shift the blame on BJP but reality is it is his party which has always lent the helping hand to the business tycoons, who looted country.
Credits : Republic TV