Liquor baron Vijay Mallya in a startling revelation has shared that he met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before leaving the country.
Mallya told reporters outside a hearing in Westminster Magistrates' Court, "I left because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva, I met the finance minister before I left, repeated my offer to settle with the banks... that's the truth."
The 62-year-old once a business tycoon in India's corporate said he has made a "very comprehensive offer" before the Karnataka High Court, "so that everybody gets paid".
Arun Jaitley was the Finance Minister in 2016 when Mallya left India.
The Ministry of Finance is yet to respond to Mallya's claims, however the opposition has tweeted that the Finance Ministry reveal details of the meeting.
The Congress added that Mallya's comment he met Jaitley confirms its "assertion that government was fully complicit in flight of people like him and others."
Outside the Westminster's court, Mallya answered a wide range of questions:
Here is the exact conversation, Vijay Mallya had with journalists:
Question: Did somebody tip you off in Parliament... About people going after you... About the charges against you?
Mallya's Response: This is the allegation... That you were tipped off... That you were allowed 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 with the banks. That's the truth
When prodded on revealing the information about the meeting with the Finance Minister, Mallya responded, "Why should I be telling you?"