NEW DELHI: On Tuesday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley accused Congress president Rahul Gandhi of spreading false news across the country. Over the accusations from the side of Rahul Gandhi, Jaitley said that he never met fugitive jeweler Nirav Modi in person and neither he did help the fugitive to escape the country.

Mr Jaitley called Congress leader a “clown prince”, and in a Facebook blog he mentioned, “if Mr Gandhi has a personality issue where “he lies a dozen times and then in self-delusion believes it to be true or is it a case of a ‘Clown Prince’ out-clowning himself?”

In response to the allegations of Mr Gandhi which says that he met multi-billion PNB fraud accused Nirav Modi in parliament, the finance minister said: “I do not recollect ever having even seen Nirav Modi in my life. The question of his meeting me in parliament does not arise. If he came to Parliament, as Rahul Gandhi claims, then reception records would show that. Where have I admitted all this Mr Gandhi?”

Mr Jaitley further added that Mr. Gandhi while speaking at two different functions in Madhya Pradesh made two references to him. In the first reference which Gandhi made to Jaitley, Gandhi claimed that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley himself has admitted that Vijay Mallya met him in the parliament and Jaitley further admitted that he helped Mallya to escape the country. Gandhi also said that Mallya told Jaitley that he was escaping to London.

“I did not pay any heed to him and coldly told him to make his proposal to the bankers. This he (Gandhi) says constitutes a meeting where he told me that he was escaping to London. Absolute lie,” Mr Jaitley said.

Regarding the allegations that Congress party president Rahul Gandhi made on Rafale, Jaitley said that not even a single part of the aircraft and its weaponry is manufactured in India. And neither Dassault or any other private company is involved in the manufacturing part in India. He further added that all the 36 aircraft with all its weapons will arrive in India in a fully flyable and usable form.