Vijay Mallya has become the subject of a heated debate in the nation and all over the media after he was found to have left the country when the Supreme Court issued a notice to him for non payment of loans to 13 banks. Now, he has broken his silence through Twitter and slammed media houses.
In a series of tweets, Mallya accused Times Now editors of deceit, libel and slander. He, then, went on to rubbish claims about him being an absconder and said he traveled frequently for business.
The editor of Times Now needs to be in prison clothes and eat prison food for libel, deceit, slander and absolutely sensational lies.— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) March 10, 2016
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.— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) March 10, 2016
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.— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) March 10, 2016
Let media bosses not forget help, favours,accommodation that I have provided over several years which are documented. Now lies to gain TRP ?— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) March 10, 2016
The liquor baron, who had also talked of co-operating with the investigation earlier, hit out at media trials.
News reports that I must declare my assets. Does that mean that Banks did not know my assets or look at my Parliamentary disclosures ?— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) March 11, 2016
Once a media witch hunt starts it escalates into a raging fire where truth and facts are burnt to ashes.— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) March 11, 2016
SC has given Mallya two weeks to respond to its notice, and authorities have been trying to work out a way to bring him back to India.