Beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya has asked media to verify facts before calling him a 'defaulter' as he has already offered a settlement offer to consortium of banks led by the State Bank of India.
“Agree Kingfisher Air owes money to Banks.I am neither a borrower or a judgement debtor.Why am I a defaulter inspite of a settlement offer ?,” Mallya posted on his Twitter account.
“In all humility and not in defiance as they report, I would like Indian media to check and verify facts before calling me a defaulter,” he added.
His latest statement has come following his resignation as member of Rajya Sabha. The ethics committee of the Upper House was set to expel him from the House for defaulting on huge loans provided by public-sector banks to his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines Ltd.
In his resignation letter to Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari he has reportedly claimed that he will not get a “fair trail or justice” in the current circumstances.
"And since recent events suggest that I will not get a fair trial or justice, I am hereby resigning as a member of the Rajya Sabha with immediate effect," Mallya said in the letter, according to PTI.
On April 25, the ethics committee of Rajya Sabha suspended Mallya giving him a week's time to explain his position over the issue. In the meantime, it was also mulling Mallya's expulsion from the House. His second term as an independent member from Karnataka was set to end on July 1.
Mallya has said that he has no plans of returning to India from Britain amid ongoing public outcry around him for failing to repay loans to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore. He is also facing a probe by federal agencies in a money-laundering case.
The Indian government has revoked Mallya's diplomatic passport and has sought his extradition from the UK.