10/03/2017 2:41 PM IST | Updated 10/03/2017 2:42 PM IST

Vijay Mallya Says He's Ready To Talk To Banks For One-Time Settlement Of Loans

"Public sector banks have policies for one-time settlements... Why should this be denied to us?"

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NEW DELHI -- The embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Friday took to Twitter saying he is ready to negotiate with banks to pay a one-time settlement charge on Rs 9,000-crore loan default.

"Public sector banks have policies for one-time settlements. Hundreds of borrowers have settled. Why should this be denied to us? Our substantial offer before the honourable Supreme Court was rejected by banks without consideration. (I) am ready to talk settlement on fair basis," Mallya said in a tweet.

He further tweeted:

On Thursday, the Supreme Court posed a question to Mallya about the "truthfulness" of his disclosure of assets and transfer of USD 40 million to his children.

A bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and UU Lalit put forth the queries during the day-long hearing following which it reserved the orders on two pleas from lenders seeking contempt action against Mallya and a direction to him to deposit USD 40 million received from offshore firm Diageo.

Last month, the Indian government handed over to the UK an extradition request for the businessman, who is facing cases of loan default and other financial irregularities.

Mallya, whose now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes more than Rs 9,000 crore to various banks, had left India on March 2.

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