Slam me but not my son: Vijay Mallya does a Kohli for Siddharth

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 30, 2016 20:46 IST
In between fending for himself, Vijay Mallya batted for his son Sid Mallya on Twitter, telling users to “slam me if you must, but not a young man”. (Instagram)

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.

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.

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.

Read more: Pay dues or face action, finance min Arun Jaitley warns Vijay Mallya

Read more: SBI wants Vijay Mallya arrested, passport impounded

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