LONDON: On Thursday, Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi an "eloquent speaker", absconding liquor baron Vijay Mallya asked as to why the former was not instructing the banks to take the money he had made available to pay off the public funds lent to Kingfisher.
On Thursday Mallya said in a tweet "The Prime Ministers last speech in Parliament was brought to my attention. He certainly is a very eloquent speaker. I noticed that he referred to an unnamed person who “ran away” with 9000 crores. Given the media narrative I can only infer that reference is to me,". the embattled liquor baron said in a series of tweets"Following on from my earlier tweet, I respectfully ask why the Prime Minister is not instructing his Banks to take the money I have put on the table so he can at least claim credit for full recovery of public funds lent to Kingfisher, "I have made the offer to settle before the Hon’Ble High Court Court of Karnataka. This cannot be dismissed as frivolous. It is a perfectly tangible, sincere, honest and readily achievable offer. The shoe is on the other foot now, Why don’t the Banks take the money lent to KFA?".
It may be recalled that on February 4, the UK Home Office has signed an order approving the extradition of Mallya to India.The reaction from Mallya came after Prime Minister Modi, in his last Parliament speech which was delivered on Wednesday, referred to an unnamed person who "ran away" with Rs 9,000 crore.
However the escapee liquor baron further claimed that he has made the offer to settle the matter before the High Court Court of Karnataka.
The pleas by the bankers have requested immediate liquidation stating that a delay may reduce the value of the assets as certain assets are amenable to market fluctuations. In August 2016, the CBI had registered a fresh case against Mallya for alleged irregularities in the repayment of Rs 1,600 crore loan he had taken from the SBI.
A PMLA offence was registered against Mallya and investigated after the CBI registered a case against him under Sections 13 (2) and 13 (1)(D) of the Prevention of Corruption Act read with Section 120 B, 420 and 409 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) on the complaint of the consortium of banks led by the SBI. The efforts made to seek extradition of Mallya have got a major boost with the UK Home Office signing an order approving his extradition to India.
Earlier on January 2, Mallya became the first person to be declared a fugitive offender under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act. A major breakthrough was achieved on December 10 last year when the Westminster Magistrate’s Court found merit in the charges registered against Mallya in India and approved his extradition.The matter was then posted to the UK’s Secretary of State for confirmation.