New Delhi, June 14: While pushing for his extradition from the UK, the Indian authorities will also try to auction the beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s Airbus A-319 which remains grounded at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, according to a Zee Business report.
For the purpose, the liquidator of Karnataka High Court has fixed June 29 and 30 for the online auction of the jet.
According to the report, the buyer will also have to pay an additional 28 per cent GST on the auction amount.
The Airbus A-319 – belonging to the chairman of the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines – was seized in December 2013 by the service tax department after Mallya failed to pay dues worth around Rs 1,000 crore.
In its bid to recover the dues, the Indian authorities tried to sell the $90 million aircraft several times but failed to do so as it didn’t receive an appropriate bid.
Since the jet has been confiscated by a government authority, it is being parked at the airport for free.
However, the jet with 6,000 cubic foot of living space is proving to be a costly burden for the authorities as parking it in the airport costs them around Rs 15,000 per hour.
“The total cost of the parking would be close to Rs 10 crore so far, increasing each day given that the jet occupies such prime space at one of the country’s busiest airports,” a private jet company MD was quoted by Economic Times as saying.
The jet can accommodate 25 passengers plus 6 crew members. It has amenities like a bedroom, bathroom, bar and area for the conference among others. At present, Mallya is absconding from the country and has entered into India’s record of extraditing offenders from the UK. Several agencies like CBI, ED, SFIO are investigating against Mallya.
The Mumbai airport authorities have said that the plane is not in a good condition to fly. Sources say it is “scrap that weighs 10 tonnes”.
India is pushing for the extradition of liquor tycoon Mallya, who is on trial for the UK court to rule if he can be extradited to India to face charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore.