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Govt and Opposition clash over Vijay Mallya in Parliament

Liquor mogul Vijay Mallya's possible disappearance to the UK amidst a fight to recover hundreds of crores in unpaid loans caused friction in Parliament today.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "This government is part and party in the criminal conspiracy in him fleeing the country."

The Congress made similar accusations in the Lok Sabha.

Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy retorted, "Vijay Mallya is not a saint for us. There are huge debts and money he has to pay back."

The government yesterday informed the Supreme Court that Vijay Mallya went overseas on March 2. The court was hearing the petition of 17 banks which had said that Mallya should be barred from leaving India.

The court demanded for a notice to be served to Mallya's Rajya Sabha email ID through the Indian High Commission at London.

In the Rajya Sabha, Azad said, "Our Attorney General tells the Supreme Court that we had issued lookout notice but he ran away from the country. When so many agencies were interrogating him, why wasn't he arrested, why wasn't his passport taken away?"

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley shot back saying that the Congress, which was in power for 10 years till 2014, never did anything to recover the loans.

Jaitley said, "The banks are taking all steps to recover every paisa taken from them." He questioned how cricket king Lalit Modi fled despite being wanted in corruption cases.