First published: January 30, 2017, 1:48 PM IST | Updated: 0 mins ago
File photo of former prime minister Manmohan Singh. (Reuters)
New Delhi: The BJP on Monday slammed former prime minister Manmohan Singh for allegedly extending financial support to Kingfisher Airlines.
This comes two days after CNN-News18 broke the story on how Manmohan Singh may have taken special interest to allegedly help Vijay Mallya’s ailing airline.
Holding a press conference, BJP spokesman Sambit Patra said, “Letter show that Manmohan Singh gave support …and it was because of this Vijay Mallya was pleased with him.”
Also read: The Mallya Mails: Did Former PMO Show Special Interest in Keeping Kingfisher Flying?
In the series of emails accessed by CNN-News18, Mallya thanked the former PM for sparing the time to talk to him and also acknowledged that former principal secretary in the PMO TKA Nair spoke to the ministries concerned – civil aviation and petroleum – to help the airliner.
“Thank you for sparing time to meet me on September 8th to explain the… difficulties being faced by Kingfisher Airlines. I had also informed your goodself that we had approached our consortium of Banks, led by State Bank of India to grant us additional financial support urgently. You had asked me to follow up with Mr TKA Nair, which I did and I am deeply appreciative of the fact that Mr Nair immediately spoke to the concerned people in the Ministries involved… (sic),” Mallya’s letter to Singh on October 4, 2011 said.
Patra further said citing the emails, “The copy of the letter number 1, written by Vijay Mallya to then PM Manmohan Singh, was sent to advisor of PM TKA Nair and Personal Secretary of PM Pullock Chatterjee. And as we remember through Sanjay Baru’s book Pullock Chatterjee use to run with all the files every evening to 10 Janpath even before the PM saw it.”
Earlier, a source close to the former PMO responded to CNN-News18 queries saying the government always tries to bail out troubled companies. “No favour was given to Mallya. No funds were given, it was only preferential allotment,” the source said.
Former Union finance minister P Chidambaram whose name also figures in mail trail said he needed to go through the papers before commenting.
Another letter sent by Mallya to his top management showed the business tycoon was expecting an infusion of funds after his requests to the top government.
Mallya, who has been declared by some banks as wilful defaulter, had left the country in March and is currently said to be in the UK.