Ansari accepts Mallya’s resignation after he sends second letter
Embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya escaped the ignominy of expulsion from Parliament after Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari accepted his second resignation letter on Wednesday, which was delivered by his special messenger from London.Updated: May 05, 2016 08:14 IST
Embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya escaped the ignominy of expulsion from Parliament after Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari accepted his second resignation letter on Wednesday, which was delivered by his special messenger from London.
The stage was set for the MP’s expulsion as Vice-President Ansari rejected his first resignation letter on Tuesday evening, citing procedural lapses. Besides, the ethics committee of the Upper House recommended Mallya’s sacking in its report earlier in the day.
The 60-year-old high-profile businessman, who is said to be in Britain after he left India on March 2, rushed a messenger from London on Wednesday.
He is wanted in India for alleged money laundering and loan defaults to the tune of more than Rs 9,000 crore.
The second letter was delivered to the Rajya Sabha secretary general Shamsher Sharif on Wednesday afternoon. Mallya rang up Sharif to confirm that it was his letter and requested him to accept it.
Unlike the first letter, where he wrote at length about the injustice and propaganda against him, the second letter bore a single line: “I hereby unconditionally resign from the membership of the Rajya Sabha with immediate effect.”
House deputy chairman PJ Kurien announced the news after a debate on the controversial AgustaWestland helicopter deal got over. “Vijay Mallya’s resignation from Rajya Sabha has been accepted by the chairman,” he said.
Since Mallya is no longer a member of the House, the ethics committee’s recommendations are not applicable any more, sources said.
The panel said in its report: “The committee hopes that by taking such stern action, a message would reach the general public that Parliament is committed to take such steps as are necessary against erring members to uphold the dignity and prestige of this great institution.”
Mallya had hit back at the panel in an earlier reply.
“I express my deep anguish and disappointment that my Rajya Sabha colleagues have chosen to be swayed and taken in by derogatory, and often blatantly false media frenzy and hysteria needlessly created against me,” he wrote.