Absconding businessman Vijay Mallya on Sunday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for saying that he ran away from the country, while ignoring the fact that he has been a UK resident since 1992.
Vijay Mallya had quoted an interview of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to assert that the government has already recovered more than what he allegedly owed to banks.
Mallya, who is currently facing trial in a UK Court, took to micro-blogging Twitter and wrote: “I humbly submit that my assertion that I am a poster boy is fully vindicated by the PM’s own statement about me (by name)that his Govt has recovered more than what I allegedly owe the Banks. Fact that I have been a UK resident since 1992 ignored. Suits the BJP to say I ran away.”
Vijay Mallya also said that PM Narendra Modi mentioned in his interview that the BJP government has confirmed that they full recovered what Mallya owed the banks but the party spokespersons continue to target him over it.”Saw PM Modi’s interview in which he takes my name and says that even though I owe Rs 9,000 crore to banks, his government has attached my assets worth Rs 14,000 crore,” Vijay Mallya said.
Mallya tweeted if the highest authority has confirmed full recovery then Why do BJP spokesmen continue their rhetoric?
Patiala House Court on March 19 had ordered attachment of Vijay Mallya’s properties in Bengaluru under section 83 in The Code of Criminal Procedure in connection with a FERA (Foreign Exchange Regulation Act) violation case.
The same court had already declared Mallya a proclaimed offender for evading summons in January 2018. The court had also issued an open-ended non-bailable warrant against him for evading summons and law of the land in 2017.
As per the case registered by the Enforcement Directorate, Mallya had allegedly paid USD 200,000 to a British firm and some European countries for displaying the logo of his now defunct Kingfisher airline in Formula One World Championships in London in 1996, 1997, and 1998.
The investigating agency also claimed that the money was paid without prior approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in violation of the FERA norms.