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CBI probe in Vijay Mallya case extends to finance ministry officials
The probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) regarding the loan given to Vijay Mallya has extended to officials from the finance ministry.

As per reports, the CBI has decided to extend the probe to include in its report the role of all officials who tried to give undue benefits to the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines. As of now, the CBI has arrested four officials each of IDBI Bank and Kingfisher Airlines.

This has come after news reports had surfaced that former PM and Finance Minister Manmohan Singh had helped Mallya in securing loans for his airline even though it had been declared as a non-performing asset by the banks.

"PM Manmohan Singh should answer as to how he sought help from banks for a specific company. Letters reveal the PMO (under Singh) had turned a PR firm for a specific company. But Congress leaders have no answer," BJP leader & minister Piyush Goyal said at the press conference.

"The hands which pulled the strings to ensure that Mallya received loans are visible now. They belonged to Chidambaram and Singh. Did the hands of 10- Janpath also pull the string? Sonia and Rahul Gandhi should come out in public to say at whose behest the loans were sanctioned to Kingfisher Airlines," BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said as he shared the documents at the press conference.

Incidentally, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) which is also probing the loan given to the airline and had registered a criminal case in the deal last year under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) is set to file its charge-sheet in the case. The charge-sheet is set to detail the proceeds of crime generated by the accused.

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