The Congress party gave a notice on the Vijay Mallya issue in the Rajya Sabha on Monday in a bid to further corner the Narendra Modi government, which it says is framing innocent people while letting offenders like the former Kingfisher Airlines boss leave the country.
“A non-bailable warrant has been issued now. Earlier, a red corner notice was issued and later withdrawn. The entire government is trying to frame innocent people. In OROP they have arrested Wing Commander Sharma, Kanhaiya Kumar was falsely indicted. So, the government is hell bent on framing the innocent and they allowed people like Vijay Mallya to leave the country,” Digvijaya Singh told ANI.
In an email interview with the newspaper Sunday Guardian, Mallya said he wants to return to India but fears the time isn’t right as his words may be twisted in spite of his “best intentions” following his Rs 9,000 crore loan default.
Mallya said he left India for to a “personal visit with a friend” and appeared to shift the blame of the massive loan default to the banks.
The tycoon has triggered an outrage for leaving India in spite of a CBI probe and Supreme Court proceedings against his alleged financial misconduct. His now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines defaulted on a Rs 900 crore loan, allegedly in collusion with IDBI bank employees, triggering a CBI probe and a case by the Enforcement Directorate.
A Hyderabad court has also issued non-bailable warrants against Mallya and now defunct Kingfisher Airlines’ chief financial officer A Raghunath after they failed to appear in a court in connection with an alleged dishonour of a cheque of Rs 50 lakh to GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. The court also directed that the duo should be produced before the court on April 13.
“The reason why Mallya was allowed to abscond is because if he is investigated or if he decides to open his mouth, a lot of very powerful people in this country will be without their clothes,” Congress leader Manish Tewari had earlier told ANI.
Mallya, who is currently in the United Kingdom and is being sought in India over charges of money laundering, claimed the banks gave him loans after evaluating all aspects, adding that he is not trying to evade law enforcement agencies but is on a personal visit.
The business tycoon said he feels he has already been branded a criminal in the country and, therefore, it is not the right time for him to return.
The government had earlier told the Supreme Court that Mallya had left India on March 2 following which the bench issued a notice to him and sought his response within two weeks on pleas filed by a consortium of banks seeking direction for freezing his passport and his presence before the apex court.