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Vijay Mallya hits out at media, says intense hate campaign knows no bounds

The Westminster Magistrates Court has extended Mallya’s bail till December 4.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2017 11:20 IST
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Vijay Mallya arrives for an extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain, on Tuesday.(Reuters Photo)

Liquor baron and absconding businessman Vijay Mallya took to Twitter to hit out at the media on Wednesday, a day after he appeared in a United Kingdom court that is hearing his extradition case.

“Intense hate campaign by Indian media against me knows no bounds,” he tweeted.

The Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday extended Mallya’s bail till December 4 even as he said he has “enough evidence” to defend himself in the extradition case brought by the Indian government.

The embattled tycoon wanted in India on loan defaults to several banks amounting to nearly Rs 9,000-crore, taunted authorities saying, “you can keep dreaming about a billion pounds”.

“You can keep dreaming about a billion pounds; you cannot prove anything without facts,” he said.

The court has set July 6 as the next date for hearing the case.

Mallya was arrested and bailed on April 18. Tuesday’s court hearing was confined to “case management” to decide the date for the full hearing on extradition, tentatively set for December 4.

“I have not eluded any court...I have enough evidence to prove my case,” Mallya told reporters on Tuesday. “I don’t make statements to the media because anything I say is twisted. There is enough evidence, that will speak.”

He had remarked that when he went to cheer the Indian cricket team in the Champions Trophy, it “became a media sensation”. He said: “I go to cheer India in a cricket match and it becomes a media frenzy. It’s better I don’t say anything.”

First Published: Jun 14, 2017 07:49 IST