Met Finance Minister before leaving India, says Mallya

Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya said on Wednesday he met the Finance Minister before leaving India.The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airline boss, who arrived to appear before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, told reporters that he had met the minister and offered to settle the issue with the banks.”I left India because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva. Before leaving I met the finance minister and offered to settle (the issue with the banks), Mallya said, without naming the minister.Arun Jaitley was the Finance Minister in 2016 when Mallya left India.A defiant Mallya, who is facing money laundering charges in multi-crore fraud case in India, also said he had made a “comprehensive settlement” offer before the Karnataka High Court that will help in paying off all his dues.The remarks by Mallya came as he arrived at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court for a hearing in his extradition case, during which the judge is expected to review a video of the Mumbai jail cell prepared by the Indian authorities for the embattled liquor tycoon. Video NDTV

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