Rahul Gandhi, Azad put pressure to not complain against Mallya: UP Shia Waqf chairman 

File photo of former liquor baron Vijay Mallya. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Sep 13, 2018, 06.45 PM (IST)

Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi on Thursday claimed that Congress president Rahul Gandhi and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad had put pressure on him to not complain against Vijay Mallya, news agency ANI reported.

Rizvi stated that he wanted to complain against Mallya for encroaching upon a Shia Waqf Board property near Meerut.

Rizvi's comments come at a time when the Congress and the BJP are busy mudslinging over Vijay Mallya's revelation on his meeting with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before leaving the country. 

The Congress on Thursday claimed that Vijay Mallya had met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament on March 1, 2016, and that the two of them had talked for 15 to 20 minutes. 

Congress MP PL Punia stated that the CCTV cameras in the hall could be checked to corroborate his claim. 

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Mallya on Wednesday dropped a bombshell saying that he had met Jaitley and had told him that he was leaving for the UK. He added that he had repeated his offer to settle with the banks to Jaitley. 

Jaitley refuted Mallya's claim, saying it was "factually false".

He said Mallya, who was a Rajya Sabha MP at the time, had accosted him in a Parliament corridor. Jaitley said he cut Mallya off and told him that if he wanted to settle, then he should be talking to the banks. 

Mallya had backed down from his claim after's Jaitley's rebuttal, saying that he only "happened to meet" the finance minister and that it was not a "formal meeting". 

The opposition however very quickly latched on to Mallya's claim and demanded a probe.  

(With inputs from agencies