"Facts now suggest that Shri Vijay Mallya was actually tipped off to leave the country in order to escape recovery of over Rs.9,000 crore of loan by a consortium of banks," All India Congress Committee (AICC) members Randeep Singh Surjewala, Rajeev Gowda and Ranjit Ranjan said in a statement here.

"If government has a secret understanding or is handling the issue through back channels, it owes a duty to place the same in public domain," they said.

Yesterday, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, representing the banks that lent money to the Kingfisher Airlines, informed the Supreme Court that Mallya left the country on March 2, citing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Mallya left the country six days before a group of creditor-banks led by the State Bank of India on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court to restrain him from leaving India. "Will the prime minister fix responsibility and punish all those who are guilty, including the CBI, finance ministry, immigration officers, consortium of banks?" the Congress leaders asked.

They said, "Modi government came to power on the solemn promise of bringing back black money within 100 days. But here in this case a single defaulter with a default of over Rs.9,000 crore could leave India "despite the fact that a criminal case for financial irregularities and diversion of funds was lodged by CBI nearly seven months earlier".

They cited while Mallya was interrogated, he was "neither arrested nor his passport impounded".The Congress leaders attacked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who on Thursday raked up Bofors scam of 1980s to taunt the party.

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