New Delhi: Embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Thursday hit out against the Prime Minister once again by tweeting that the PM himself allegedly said in an interview that the government has recovered money from him, and yet the banks claim otherwise in British courts.
“None other than the Prime Minister of India specifically says in an interview that his Government has recovered more money than I allegedly owe PSU Banks and the same Banks claim otherwise in English Courts. Who does one believe ? One or the other is lying,” he tweeted.
The United Kingdom High Court rejected fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya’s written submission for permission to appeal against his extradition order passed by a Westminster magistrate’s court on April 8.
The submission was rejected by Justice William Davis on April 5. Mallya has five days for an oral submission, said sources in New Delhi.
Mallya, wanted by India in the Rs 9,000 crore Kingfisher Airlines loan default case and charges of fraud, money laundering and violation of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) brought by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate, had moved the High Court after the Westminster Magistrates Court, on December 10, 2018, gave the go-ahead for his extradition.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court Chief Magistrate, Judge Emma Arbuthnot had then sent Mallya’s case to Home Secretary Sajid Javed, who had also cleared the extradition in February.
Mallya, 63, left India on March 2, 2016 after defaulting on loans amounting to Rs 9,000 crore he had taken for his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines but he has repeatedly denied fleeing the country, saying he is ready to pay back the money he owed to the Indian banks.
India had in late 2017 filed extradition proceedings against Mallya which he contested. He is currently out on bail in London.
A consortium of 13 banks, led by the State Bank of India (SBI), has been preparing to initiate loan recovery proceedings against him.
With IANS inputs