Did BJP MP Subramanian Swamy hint at Jaitley’s role in Vijay Mallya’s escape in June?

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The billionaire liquor baron Vijay Mallya may have dropped a bombshell by directly naming Arun Jaitley on Wednesday, but BJP MP Subramanian Swamy had hinted at the finance ministry’s role way back in June this year.

Subramanian Swamy

Taking to Twitter, Swamy had written that Mallya had met someone ‘powerful,’ who had managed to change ‘Look Out Notice for him at airports’ to just ‘reporting his departure.’ Swamy had tweeted, “Mallya could not escape from India because of a strong Look Out Notice for him at airports. He then came to Delhi and met someone who was powerful enough to change the Notice from blocking his departure to just reporting his departure. Who was that person who dilute this LON?”

Swamy’s old tweet went viral moments after Mallya’s comments began to be reported. Even Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal retweeted his old tweet on Wednesday evening.

As for Swamy, he repeated the content of his claims made in June and tweeted once again on Wednesday, “I learn from my sources that the Lookout Notice issued by CBI for Mallya was modified from “Block Departure” to “Report Departure” on October 24, 2015 on orders from someone in MoF. Who?”

Swamy’s fans were quick to declare hail him for his early warning as one fan wrote, “Sometimes Swamy ji really rocks.” Another follower wrote, “Ministry Of Finance…Swamy has always an eye on AJ(Arun Jaitley).” “Can MoF modify look out notice ? After this news Jaitly should resign… else he’ll sink Modi in 2019… enough of dosti & favouritism,” commented another follower.

Meanwhile, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday termed the revelations made by Vijay Mallya ‘extremely serious’ and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order an independent probe.

Demanding Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s removal from the cabinet, the Congress president tweeted, “Given Vijay Mallya’s extremely serious allegations in London today, the PM should immediately order an independent probe into the matter. Arun Jaitley should step down as FInance Minister while this probe is underway.”

Speaking to reporters outside a local court in London, the billionaire businessman had said, “I left because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva. I met the finance minister before I left. I repeated my offers to settle matters before I left. The banks had filed objections to my settlement letters.”

Although, Jaitley denied Mallya’s allegations, he did not deny the latter’s claims of meeting him to inform about his plans to leave India.

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