liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is under scanner for defaulting on massive bank loans lashes out at media accusing them of indulging in ‘lies’ against him.
The 60-year-old liquor baron, who is facing legal proceedings for alleged loan defaults of Rs 9,000 crore by his group, left the country on March 2, even as banks have approached the courts to seek orders restraining him from going abroad.
However after a long silent Mallya took to twitter asserting that he is an international businessman, who travels from India frequently and that he is not an absconder by any means.
Mallya on Friday said that he did not “flee” the country and that the media was running a witch hunt against him.
“I am an international businessman. I travel to and from India frequently. I did not flee from India and neither Iam an absconder,” he tweeted on Friday morning.
He also named Times Now and hinted that the channel’s Arnab Goswami should go to prison.
“The editor of Times Now needs to be in prison clothes and eat prison food for libel, deceit, slander and absolutely sensational lies,” he said. Let media bosses not forget help, favours, accommodation that I have provided over several years which are documented. Now lies to gain TRP ?”
Mallya, also said that will fully comply with the law and blame the media for twisting facts.
“As an Indian MP I fully respect and will comply with the law of the land. Our judicial system is sound and respected. But no trial by media.”
The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday issued summons to over half a dozen officials of the IDBI bank and Vijay Mallya-owned Kingfisher Airlines in connection with the alleged default of over Rs 900 crore loan from IDBI bank.