New Delhi, June 30: Liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Saturday denied the allegations of attempting a “plea bargain” made by an Enforcement Directorate (ED) official. Mallya’s denial of the allegations has come a day the official dismissed his recent offer to settle all his dues if his seized assets were freed as an attempt at plea bargaining. Also Read - Viral Video in Sushant Singh Rajput Case: Sister Priyanka Singh Scolds Staff For Money Transfer
“Vijay Mallya is offering a plea bargain, which will not work in our country, by trying to say he intends to repay banks and that he should be allowed to sell his assets…As an absconder, he can no longer dictate terms in India, and the assets are no longer in his name to sell,” the ED official had said. Also Read - Rhea Chakraborty Money Laundering Case: ED Confirms Rs 15 Crore Withdrawn From Sushant Singh Rajput's Account
Referring to the ED official, Vijay Mallya tweeted: “Media reports quote an ED official stating that I am attempting a plea bargain. Would respectfully suggest that the official read the ED charge sheet first. I would invite the ED to advance the same plea bargain theory in Court in front of whom I have placed my assets.” Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case: CBI Says Court Should Let CBI And ED Continue Their Investigation
He had told the ET that the “ED allegations and attachment of assets are solely based on funds loaned to Kingfisher Airlines by PSU banks” and added that the assets attacked were “acquired before the Kingfisher Airlines even started and cannot be considered proceeds of crime to legally justify the attachments.” (Also Read: ‘If Politically Motivated Factors Interfere in Dues Settlement, There’s Nothing I Can do’)
Vijay Mallya on June 26 said that he had requested the Karnataka High Court on June 22 to permit him and his holding firm UBHL to sell their assets worth Rs 13,900 crore to repay banks while adding that his requests have not been taken seriously by the government.
“UBHL (United Breweries Holding Ltd) and myself have filed an application before the Karnataka High Court on June 22, setting out available assets of about Rs 13,900 crore,” said Mallya from London in a statement released by his office here on Tuesday.
Mallya said that he had been getting no response despite his several offers of settlement to the banks, FM Arun Jaitley and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the past.