After fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya issued an official statement to the media, saying that he had “made every effort to settle with the Public Sector Banks and that he is not a willful defaulter, the government has rejected Mallya’ statement. The Minister of State for External Affairs, MJ Akbar, has said:
“Dr. Mallya wanted to pay the banks. I think he had many many years in which to have done so.”
Meanwhile, government sources have told Republic TV that Vijjay Mallya is on the verge of being brought back as a CBI team will visit London in the last week of coming month for the said purpose. The sources have also informed that UK authorities are cooperating and there has been communication between the Prime Ministers of the both side regarding the matter.
After the government's rejection of his statement, Vijay Mallya went on a Twiiter tirade and shared the letter he wrote to Prime Minister in 2016.
Vijay Mallya also shares a note from the SBI to RBI, written in 2012.
Mallya in his statement had said:
“I respectfully say that I have made and continue to make every effort, in good faith to settle with the Public Sector Banks. If Politically motivated extraneous factors interfere, there is nothing that I can do.”
While explaining his position on the charges against him, Mallya also said that he even wrote to the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister regarding his situation but received no response from either of them.
“In summary, I have become the “Poster Boy” of Bank default and a lightning rod of public anger. I wrote letters to both the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister on 15th April 2016 and am making these letters public to put things in the right perspective. No response was received from either of them.”
The liquor baron also claimed that he is not a willful defaulter and that he was being singularly targeted.
“I respectfully submit that my conduct does not amount to “willful default”...I respectfully submit that, for lack of understanding or otherwise and without any acknowledgement of KFA’s employee relations during operations, I am being singularly targeted,” he said.