As fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya was spotted at the Oval stadium of during the India versus Australia World Cup Match, he was hurled with slogans of 'chor hai' by the crowd. Spotted outside The Oval in London on Sunday afternoon Mallya was asked questions about his extradition. While leaving the stadium after the match, he said to the reporters that he is trying to ensure that his mother does not get hurt.
In the video shared by news agency ANI, he can be seen amidst crowd trying to make his way alongside his mather. When reporters tried asking him questions, he said: "I am making sure my mother doesn't get hurt". However, crowd shouts 'chor hai' as he moves ahead.
Arriving at the venue, Vijay Mallya was questioned by the reporters about his preparations for the next hearing scheduled in July in the extradition case for defrauding the Indian banks of Rs 9,000 crores. Responding to the questions, Mallya said that preparations are underway and he has come to watch the game.
Moreover he took to Twitter to share a picture and congratulate Captain Virat Kohli for India's spectacular win against Australia.
The UK home office and the Westminster Court has last year ordered the extradition of embattled Liquor Baron Vijay Mallya to India over money-laundering and fraud in his home country. He is accused of causing loses of up to Rs 9,000 to Indian banks. Furthermore, he was branded as the first fugitive economic offender by a Special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Mumbai earlier this year, after an appeal by the Enforcement Directorate. He is set to present his arguments in the UK High Court on his plea challenging his extradition order in July.
This is not the first time that Mallya has faced such remarks. In January 2017 he faced similar cries - those of "chor, chor (thief, thief)" - when he came to the same stadium to watch a Champions Trophy cricket match between India and South Africa.