New Delhi: Stepping up his attack against the government, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged that it was "inconceivable" that the CBI, which reports to the prime minister, would have diluted the look out notice against fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya without Narendra Modi's approval.
"Mallya's great escape was aided by the CBI quietly changing the "detain" notice against him to "inform". The CBI reports directly to the prime minister. It is inconceivable that the CBI, in such a high profile controversial case, would change a lookout notice without the approval of the prime minister," Gandhi tweeted.
His remarks came a day after he accused Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of "colluding" with Mallya to help him flee the country and demanded his resignation.
He asked why had Jaitley not informed the investigative agencies about his meeting with the chief of now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines.
Mallya, who left India on March 2, 2016, faces charges of defrauding banks to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore.
Mallya had stated on Wednesday that he met Jaitley before leaving India and told him he's going to London, trigerring a controversy. Jaitley denied the claim saying Mallya's statement was “factually false”.
The 62-year-old former Kingsher Airline boss was asked by reporters if he was “tipped off” to leave the country. “I left because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva. I met the finance minister before I left, repeated my offer to settle the issue with the banks. That is the truth,” he responded.
Jaitley, who was the finance minister in 2016 when Mallya left India, denied the liquor baron's claim.
“Since 2014, I have never given him any appointment to meet me and the question of his having met me does not arise,” the finance minister said in a Facebook post.