"I did not flee from India and neither am I an absconder," he tweeted

Mallya gets nasty wants Arnab Goswami jailed cries media witch-huntFile photo: World Economic Forum/Dana Smillie
news Friday, March 11, 2016 - 08:14

Businessman Vijay Mallya, who is under scanner for defaulting on massive bank loans, took to Twitter on Friday to say that that he did not "flee" the country and that the media was running a witch hunt against him.

"I am an international businessman. I travel to and from India frequently. I did not flee from India and neither am I an absconder," he tweeted on Friday morning.

Mallya, also said that will fully comply with the law and blame the media for twisting facts.

"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 named Times Now and hinted that the channel's Arnab Goswami should go to prison.

"The editor of Times Now needs to be in prison clothes and eat prison food for libel, deceit, slander and absolutely sensational lies," he said.

"Once a media witch hunt starts it escalates into a raging fire where truth and facts are burnt to ashes," he added.

The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday issued summons to over half a dozen officials of the IDBI bank and Vijay Mallya-owned Kingfisher Airlines in connection with the alleged default of over Rs 900 crore loan from IDBI bank.

The ED has pressed charges under various sections of the PMLA against Mallya and others named in a CBI complaint.

The CBI had booked Mallya, director of Kingfisher Airlines, the company, Raghunathan and unknown officials of IDBI Bank in its FIR alleging that the loan was sanctioned in violation of norms regarding credit limits.

The ED is looking into the "proceeds of crime" that would have been generated using the slush funds of the alleged loan fraud and it is also probing if some of this amount was sent abroad illegally, they said.

Clarifying his position in the loan owed by KFA, Mallya in a recent statement had said after the closure of the airline, since April, 2013, the banks and their assignees have recovered, in cash, an aggregate of Rs 1,244 crore from sale of pledged shares


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