`I'm an international businessman, not an absconder': Mallya


Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-03-11 09:38 New Delhi: Rubbishing claims that he had absconded from the country, liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Friday asserted that he is an international businessman, who travels from India frequently, and said that he is not an absconder. "I am an international businessman. I travel to and from India frequently. I did not flee from India and neither am I an absconder. Rubbish. 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," Mallya said on twitter. "News reports that I must declare my assets. Does that mean that Banks did not know my assets or look at my Parliamentary disclosures?" he asked. Mallya further said that 'once a media witch hunt starts, it escalates into a raging fire where truth and facts are burnt to ashes'. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had yesterday attacked the government saying the entire country is questioning why this Government was helping people like Mallya by allowing him to escape and not fulfilling its promises made to people for bringing back black money and "giving Rs 15 lakh into every person's bank account". The liquor baron has been declared a wilful defaulter and has a huge debt of Rs 9,091 crore to the banks. A consortium of lenders, led by State Bank of India, had moved the apex court to prevent him from leaving the country and impounding his passport even as the loan recovery procedure for Kingfisher Airlines is still on. The apex court has asked the UB group chairman to be present before it on March 30 along with his passport, after learning that he had left the country on March 2.(ANI)