London: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has claimed that fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya met BJP leaders before leaving India. However, he did not name those leaders.
Rahul Gandhi, while interacting with Indian journalists in London, also launched yet another attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government for going easy on prominent industrialists like Vijay Mallya.
"Before Mallya left India, he met senior BJP leaders, that is documented. I won't name them," Rahul Gandhi said. Vijay Mallya has been living in the UK since he left the country in March 2016 after defaulting bank loan of Rs 9,000 crore.
Vijay Mallya has challenged an extradition request filed by the CBI in UK saying Indian jails lack natural light and fresh air. The CBI, in response, has filed a video of Barack Number 12 of Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail where it plans to keep him.
The video shows there will be a television, personal toilet and bedding and plenty of sunlight. The court will take up the case for hearing on September 12.
Commenting on this case, Rahul Gandhi said fugitives like Vijay Mallya should not be treated differently. "Indian prisons are pretty decent as far as Mr Mallya is concerned. Justice should be same for Indian people," he said.
Rahul Gandhi also claimed that the Modi government is lenient to people like Vijay Mallya, fugitive jewellers Nirav Modi and Mehjul Choksi. "There is a relationship between Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and the Prime Minister. No action is taken against them".