NEW DELHI -- Businessman and Indian Member of Parliament Vijay Mallya denied reports suggesting that he has fled the country, saying he will comply with the law.
"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," he tweeted early Friday morning. "As an Indian MP I fully respect and will comply with the law of the land. Our judicial system is sound and respected."
Mallya is facing legal proceedings for allegedly defaulting loans of over Rs 9,000 crores from various banks.
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He lashed out at the media for calling him an absconder, and said he refused to stand on trial by it. Interestingly, he referred to his "favours" and "accommodation" to media publications over the years, seemingly to suggest that journalists owed him a debt of gratitude.
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
"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 said. "Once a media witch hunt starts it escalates into a raging fire where truth and facts are burnt to ashes."
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His whereabouts were tracked down yesterday to his sprawling country home in London. There was furore in Parliament on Thursday, where the Opposition staged a walk out, demanding his arrest. Mallya, who is also an Indian MP, was apparently in Rajya Sabha even a day before he flew out of the country.
Mallya reportedly left India last week in a Jet Airways flight, carrying seven bags with him. As usual, the debt-ridden liquor baron flew first class.
The CBI, which is facing heat over allowing Mallya to go abroad, had changed the nature of lookout notice against him within one month of issuance from seeking his detention while leaving the country to that merely providing information about his travel plans.
The information came as further embarrassment to the agency which has been accused of going soft on Mallya, facing a CBI probe for defaulting on repayment of a loan of Rs 900 crore taken from IDBI.
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