Vijay Mallya will be sacked from the Rajya Sabha as House chairman Hamid Ansari rejected the embattled businessman’s resignation on procedural grounds on Tuesday.
Mallya, whose term as a nominated member is coming to an end on June 30, had faxed his resignation letter from England on Monday, giving elaborate reasons as to why he chose to quit. But Ansari rejected the letter on Tuesday evening, after the House ethics panel recommended Mallya’s expulsion .
“The letter did not conform to prescribed procedures and does not bear signature in original. As per Rule 213 of RS procedures, the resignation must be voluntary and genuine. Secretary general Rajya Sabha has replied to Mallya,” said Gurdeep Singh Sappal, joint secretary in Ansari’s office.
On Wednesday, Ansari will move a motion to sack Mallya. Almost all political parties are expected to back the proposal.
Facing the heat over unpaid bank loans of Rs 9,400 crore, Mallya left for London on March 2.
The foreign ministry has cancelled his passport and sought his extradition while banks have accused him of buying more time with inadequate settlement offers. As public opinion rose against the liquor baron, Ansari referred the matter to the ethics committee of the Rajya Sabha.
The panel met on Tuesday and sealed the businessman’s fate. Though Mallya has already resigned, panel chairman Karan Singh said, “I have received the letter from Mallya. The press has also got the letter. I have got a copy of the letter but I don’t know whether it was scanned or physical. He is still a member.”
“It is not appropriate to announce the decision of the committee before it is tabled in the House. Tomorrow it will be tabled in the House. The decision has been taken,” Singh said at the end of the meeting. Earlier, he mentioned that all members of the committee wanted Mallya’s expulsion.
Hours before the panel met, Mallya tweeted in his defence, “In all humility and not in defiance as they report, I would like Indian media to check and verify facts before calling me a defaulter.”
He pointed out, “Agree Kingfisher Air owes money to Banks. I am neither a borrower nor a judgment debtor. Why am I a defaulter in spite of a settlement offer?”