Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday questioned the government as to how it allowed liquor baron Vijay Mallya to leave the country.
"I asked a clear question to Jaitley - ji, How did Mallya - ji escape from India? Someone who has stolen Rs. 9, 000 crore from the government, how did you allow him to leave the country, " Gandhi asked.
"If a poor person steals something due to hunger, you send him to jail. But if a businessman runs away with Rs. 9, 000 crore, you send him to England in first class, " he added.
Mallya was on Wednesday issued notice by the Supreme Court on a plea by a consortium of 17 banks, led by the State Bank of India, which sought his personal appearance before the court along with his passport.
The Bengaluru - based liquor tycoon is facing legal proceedings for allegedly defaulting loans of over Rs. 9, 000 crore from various banks.