Vijay Mallya may be called many things – wilful defaulter, King of good times, (ex) liquor baron – but the businessman isn’t taking too kindly to Twitter users targeting his son Sidhartha ‘Sid’ Mallya.
In the middle of fending for himself in a financial fiasco, Vijay Mallya attempted to tell off Twitter users on Wednesday morning , asking them to “slam” him if they must, but not his son.
My son Sid does not deserve all this hatred and abuse. He has had nothing to do with my business. Shower abuse on me if you must but not him— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) March 29, 2016
Though Mallya claimed his son has no role in the business, Sidhartha is a non-executive, non-independent director in the holding company UBHL and is categorized as a co-promoter of the company. During the last financial year, he attended two of the five board meetings of the company, one of the lowest among board members.
The 28-year-old son of the Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) chairman is also a budding actor, and is active on social media forums like Twitter and Instagram. Though studying at a drama school in London, Sid has been receiving some hate tweets for his father’s financial troubles which include huge loan defaults and outstanding payments to crew of the now-defunct KFA.
Sid Mallya has in the past weeks been supporting his father publicly by retweeting him and those who support him. This seems to have antagonised some though.
Thank u🙂 https://t.co/Ymqb4gMSBL— Sid Mallya (@sidmallya) March 16, 2016
For every ten tweets I get, 9 will be abuse, and 1 will be positive. Thank u to all those who send positivity!!😘— Sid Mallya (@sidmallya) March 14, 2016
Kohli backing Anushka.. Mallya backing Sid.. Will this be a trend now ?? https://t.co/Pr5dRlQp4W— Livin on d eDGe (@An_imated) March 30, 2016
Mallya's son is a son of a thief. He wud be spared if he declares that he'll not accept/inherit any thief's property https://t.co/Y9atjfydAn— Tapan Ghosh (@hstapanghosh) March 30, 2016
Do not fish in shallow waters Mr Mallya..clear the dues of your staff...bring some 'good times'to them too! #Kingfisher— Rukmani Varma (@pointponder) March 30, 2016
Mallya defended his son saying he was not part of any of the business deals. The 60-year-old is being prosecuted for the Rs 7,000 crore he owes to a consortium of 17 banks that lent KFA money during its operations.