Liquor baron Vijay Mallya said on 13 March that he did not escape, but wasn’t in a hurry to return back to India. Speaking to the Sunday Guardian, he said that he had no wrong and yet he was being hounded like a criminal.
Asked whether his departure from India on March 2 in haste was due to his failure to repay the loans amounting to Rs 9,000 crore, Mallya said that he had left on a personal visit. I had left with a friend of mine.
“This is not first time that I have left India. I have no plans as of now to return back to India. I dislike being depicted as a criminal.”
Accusing the media of spreading lies about him, he said, “I am being victimised. I’ve never hidden any aspect about my life. I’m one of the most open people.
The Enforcement Directorate has summoned Mallya to attend personally before the probe team on 18 March. The ED also plans to take over cases of alleged default of dues to the nationalised banks by Mallya and his firms.
In a tweet, Mallya on 13 March morning said, “I am being hunted down by media in UK. Sadly they did not look in the obvious place. I will not speak to media so don’t waste your efforts.”
It may be mentioned here that the Supreme Court had issued a notice to Mallya on a petition filed by the consortium, headed by State Bank of India, seeking to prevent him from leaving the country and impounding his passport. By escaping to London, Mallya has put the Indian government in a quandary.
Ina series of tweets, he said The editor of Times Now needs to be in prison clothes and eat prison food for libel, deceit, slander and absolutely sensational lies.
As an Indian MP I fully respect and will comply with the law of the land. Our judicial system is sound and respected. But no trial by media.
Let media bosses not forget help, favours, accommodation that I have provided over several years which are documented. Now lies to gain TRP ?