BENGALURU: Vijay Mallya, chairman, United Breweries Holding Ltd, on Sunday hit out at the government agencies, calling the latest rounds of investigations as biased and holding him guilty without following the due process under the law.
A statement issued by Mallya’s spokesperson said: “After months of investigation, which included personal interviews with me, the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) is reported to have now constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to further investigate Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) and myself. It is, indeed, sad and disappointing that the thousands of documents submitted by us and interrogation of several executives seems insufficient to convince them there has been no wrongdoing.”
Mallya defended his non-appearance before the Enforcement Directorate thrice. “At the ED’s behest my passport was revoked despite my offering to appear before the ED by video conference and make statements on oath, which is permissible”
Mallya’s statement comes a day after the ED attached properties worth Rs 1,411 crore (belonging to Mallya and the holding company) for alleged diversion of Rs 430 crore from an IDBI Bank loan to KFA.
The ED has also sent a detailed communication, along with legal inputs, to the Interpol, which had recently sought some “clarifications” from it before notifying an arrest warrant against Mallya.