New Delhi | Amid the UK declining India’s request to deport Vijay Mallya, Congress demanded that the government file charge sheet against the liquor baron within 30 days if it was serious about bringing him back. Party spokesperson Sushmita Dev said it was imperative for the government to file the charge sheet against Mallya after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told Parliament that UK government has made it clear that he can’t be deported without a charge sheet.
Another spokesman Jairam Ramesh accused the Modi government of being wilful accomplice in allowing Mallya to flee. Wondering whether the government was not knowing that there were ongoing ED, CBI probes or that Mallya may flee due to the probes, Dev said Modi government has two standards. One for the Opposition and another for their own leaders and supporters.
Ramesh dismissed government’s claim that it was not aware that Mallya was fleeing the country. He said that only two days ago, Gladson Dungdung, a human rights activist, was offloaded from a flight to London where he was travelling to attend a workshop.
Gladson hails from Jharkhand and is the author of Whose Country is it Anyway? and Mission Saranda: A War for Natural Resources in India. He has been a critic of the model of development that has lead to destruction of fragile ecosystems and tribal heritage. Ramesh said it does not stand to logic that a government that knows when a tribal activist is going to London, is unaware when Mallya who owes dues to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore to banks, flees the country.
Replying to a query on the GSPC scam, he said that if the government failed to institute a proper inquiry into the matter, the party would demand a probe into the entire KG basin issue. The KG basin has oil wells of Reliance, ONGC as also GSPC.
Congress has been demanding a probe into the lending of Rs 19,700 crore loan to GSPC when gas reserves had come down to one trillion cubic feet in offshore KG-basin gas project from 20 trillion gas discovery announced in 2005 by Narendra Modi who was then Gujarat chief minister.
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