Under attack, Mallya attacks media

  • Kalyan Subramani, Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
  • Updated: Mar 11, 2016 13:16 IST
In the eye of storm: Vijay Mallya, chairman and CEO of grounded carrier, Kingfisher Airlines (HT Archive)

Vijay Mallya, the embattled chairman of the UB Group, on Friday morning took on the media with a series of posts on Twitter, even as he claimed that he is not an absconder.

Early Friday morning he tweeted “I am an international businessman. I travel to and from India frequently. I did not flee from India and neither am I an absconder. Rubbish.” He tweets from his personal Twitter account under the user name @TheVijayMallya.

Amidst his tweets assuring that he is not an absconder, Mallya also took a few verbal shots at the media. In his early Friday morning posts, Mallya was particularly harsh with one media group.

Watch | Vijay Mallya: ‘I’m an international businessman, not an absconder’

“The editor of Times Now needs to be in prison clothes and eat prison food for libel, deceit, slander and absolutely sensational lies.”

English television channel, Times Now has been holding hour long debates on its popular prime time news broadcast under the Newshour banner on Mallya leaving the country and other related issues to the moneys owed to the consortium of 17 banks. The Newshour debates are anchored by the channel’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami

Mallya tweeted three more messages.

“As an Indian MP I fully respect and will comply with the law of the land. Our judicial system is sound and respected. But no trial by media.”

“Let media bosses not forget help, favours, accommodation that I have provided over several years which are documented. Now lies to gain TRP?” Television Rating Points or TRP as it is more commonly known is a sample-based index of the popularity of a particular television channel.

“Once a media witch hunt starts it escalates into a raging fire where truth and facts are burnt to ashes.”

Mallya who is believed to have left India on March 2, however did not specify where he is currently located or about his plans to return to India.

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