The absconding liquor baron, Vijay Mallya, who is facing extradition proceedings in the UK, was at Oval to watch India’s second World Cup 2019 match against Australia. The 63-year old tycoon went to the match with his wife, mother and son. As he was exiting the stadium after the match, he was booed with chants of ‘Chor Hai’.
He tweeted a picture of himself with his son in the stands at the stadium and said, “Great to watch cricket with my son and even sweeter to see India’s emphatic victory over Australia. Congratulations to Virat Kohli and his team”. While the fugitive economic offender enjoyed the match with his family, his presence was not enjoyed by other spectators, it seems.
when he made his way out of the stadium after watching the match, the crowd surrounded the liquor baron and chanted ‘chor hai’. When Mallya was asked about how he would respond to the chants, he said, “I am making sure my mother doesn’t get hurt.”
When asked about the extradition case, he avoided the questions and said, “I am here to watch the game,”. He went on add that preparations are underway for the next hearing which is scheduled next month. Earlier this year in April, a UK court had denied permission to Mallya to appeal against his extradition order to India to face trial for alleged fraud and money laundering amounting to Rs 9,000 crore.
Worth mentioning here is that the UK home office and the Westminster Court last year, ordered his extradition to India over charges of money laundering, fraud and conspiracy after he failed to convince authorities there that he was a victim of political intrigue. He had approached the court against his extradition order.
The embattled tycoon Mallya is seeking a stay of all enforcement proceedings which have been commenced since the presentation of the bankruptcy petition by the Indian banks in September last year. Meanwhile, he remains on bail after his extradition was signed off by UK home secretary Sajid Javid in February.
The Correspondent Bureau with inputs from agencies