Vijay Mallya to ED: 300 bags? Next you’ll say I booked the whole flight

The flamboyant businessman left India in March 2016. He says he only flew out to attend an event in Switzerland. The Enforcement Directorate wants to know: Who leaves for a meeting with 300 bags?

ample Vijay Mallya’s recent Twitter activity and you’ll never guess he faces extradition from Britain. But between all the election commentary and retweets (“Young champions Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia.”), there is one sarcastic barb aimed at India’s Enforcement Directorate, which investigates financial crimes and would love to see the liquor baron back.

Wanted for alleged fraud and money laundering, Vijay Mallya left India in March 2016. He says he did not flee, and only flew out to attend an event in Switzerland. “There was no secret departure,” his lawyer told a special judge for Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) cases yesterday.

The Enforcement Directorate counsel’s counter: “They don’t have anything to show that he left India to attend a meeting…Who goes to attend a meeting with 300 bags and huge cargo?”

Mallya’s rebuttal-by-tweet? “Next the ED will say that I chartered the Jet Airways 777!”

On Monday, a UK court ruled that Mallya, 62, should be extradited to India. But that doesn’t mean he’s heading home anytime soon. He has the right to appeal — and an appeal may not be heard in court for up to two months.

Mallya is wanted for defaulting Indian banks to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore. He also faces allegations of money laundering and diversion of funds.

Source: India Today

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