The reason why Vijay Mallya’s case of NPAs and defaulting crores of rupees keeps making news is the way the liquor-baron has turned the banks, the investigators and government of India into one big joke. In his recent interview with a magazine Autosport, he plays a victim, and says – So sadly in India, these investigative agencies are political tools that do not hesitate to go on a wild-goose chase, and in the process it is nothing but persecution. There is no other way I can describe what is happening other than a witch hunt. I just have to ride out the storm”
He also claims that Indian authorities have had access to many Kingfisher Airlines executives and thousands of documents, yet they insist on talking to him. “If the missing link is only to interview me, come to London and interview me, get on the radio conference and interview me, send me an email with questions and I will reply. I have nothing to hide.” He further says he does not feel safe about coming to India, especially after his passport has been cancelled.
All these interviews, he gives away with aplomb even as Indian investigative agencies are struggling to get a hold on him. In fact the banks could have alerted the investigative agencies while Mallya was in India itself, but for some strange reason they chose to ignore, and many allege that he may have been forewarned of the issue before it went to the agencies, giving him time to manage an escape from the country.
And, despite he being the personal guarantee to Rs 9000 crore, he sits cosy, away from the purview of Indian judiciary setting an example for others to follow.