Mallya surfaces on Twitter, gets Enforcement Directorate summons

Vijay Mallya was issued summons to appear before the ED on March 18
Mallya surfaces on Twitter, gets Enforcement Directorate summons
Vijay Mallya

New Delhi

The beleaguered businessman asserted he is not an absconder on Twitter, amid an escalating political row over how he was able to go abroad unhindered with NDA ally Shiv Sena also targeting the government. 
As the BJP and Congress traded charges, the controversial departure of Mallya, 60, in the middle of a massive loan default probe rocked Rajya Sabha for the second day with Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad asking the government why did the CBI amend its ‘lookout’ notice against the liquor baron within a month last year. 
Taking forward its money laundering probe in default in payment of Rs 900 crore dues by the now defunct Kingfisher airlines, the Enforcement Directorate issued summons to Mallya for appearance in Mumbai.
On Twitter, Mallya refutes allegations of absconding
Beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya, who is facing legal proceedings for alleged loan defaults by his group to the tune of over Rs 9,000 crore, on Friday said he is not an absconder and he will comply with the law of the land Mallya, who is facing legal proceedings for alleged loan defaults by his group to the tune of over Rs 9,000 crore, said he is not an absconder and he will comply with the law of the land. 
“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,” Mallya tweeted earlier this morning from an undisclosed location. 
He further said: “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.” He also questioned news reports that he must declare his assets. “Does that mean that Banks did not know my assets or look at my Parliamentary disclosures?”, he added. 
The 60-year-old liquor baron, who is facing legal proceedings for alleged loan defaults of Rs 9,000 crore by his group, left the country on March 2, even as banks have approached the courts to seek orders restraining him from going abroad. 
While he remained silent on his whereabouts, reports said the UB Group chairman and Rajya Sabha member is believed to be at his country home in an English village near London. 
Opposition leaders, including Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, have raised questions about how he was allowed to leave the country despite a ‘lookout’ notice by CBI. 
On Wednesday, the government told the Supreme Court that Mallya had left India on March 2 following which the bench issued notice to him and sought his response within two weeks on pleas filed by a consortium of banks.

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