Modi hoodwinking people over Mallya's arrest: Cong

18 Apr 2017

The Congress today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "hoodwinking" the people of India over the arrest of Vijay Mallya in London, and asked him to set a timeline for taking the embattled liquor baron into custody and recovering loans.

The Congress asked why the Union government sought Mallya's extradition, and not deportation which it claimed would have ensured his immediate custody to India. "Strange that he is detained and released in the same go...What kind of extradition is this? He is detained for an hour and is honourably granted bail and is defiant.

"Will it take another dozen years, 15 years, 30 years or our entire lifetime before Mallya is brought back and Rs 9,091 crore of people's money is recovered. These are questions that BJP and Modiji need to answer, instead of hoodwinking the people of India," Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

He asked why the BJP government took three years to make the extradition request on February 9, 2017. "Mallya detained and bailed! BJP shouldn't hoodwink. Tell the timeline of recovery of Rs 9091 crore and his custody. "Will PM and FM tell the nation the date by which India will recover Rs9091 Cr as also physical custody of Mallya and Lalit Modi? (sic)" Surjewala questioned.