Fugitive absconder Vijay Mallya has asked people to stay at home and give up on the 'bravado' in order to break the contact chain and prevent the spread of coronavirus.
While repeating his appeal to the Indian government to be allowed to repay the loans over which he defaulted leading to the collapse of his Kingfisher Airlines, and over which he faces deportation from UK and likely incarceration in India, Mallya also issued an appeal for people to stay at home, like he was doing.
Important to stay safe and maintain social distancing which can effectively be achieved by staying home and enjoying home time with family and pets. I am doing the same. We all have a sense of bravado but it’s not worth challenging an unknown enemy which isn’t Pulwama or Kargil.— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) March 31, 2020
In another tweet, he also appreciated steps taken by the Indian government to fight the virus and stated that he has ensured that his firms follow the directives. Mallya said that all his companies have effectively ceased operations and all the manufacturing is closed as well. He added that his companies are not sending employees home and paying the idle cost. Mallya asked the Indian government for help.
Indian Government has done what was unthinkable in locking down the entire Country. We respect that. All my Companies have effectively ceased operations. All manufacturing is closed as well. Yet we are not sending employees home and paying the idle cost. Government has to help.— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) March 31, 2020
I have made repeated offers to pay 100 % of the amount borrowed by KFA to the Banks. Neither are Banks willing to take money and neither is the ED willing to release their attachments which they did at the behest of the Banks. I wish the FM would listen in this time of crisis.— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) March 31, 2020
The 64-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss is wanted in India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to an alleged Rs 9,000 crores in unpaid bank loans. Mallya remains on bail since his arrest on an extradition warrant in April 2017. He is desperately challenging the extradition.