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Vijay Mallya flays ‘witch hunt’, calls CBI charge a joke

On Wednesday, SEBI had barred Mallya and six others from the securities market in a case related to alleged fund diversions from United Spirits.

Published: 27th January 2017 01:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th January 2017 05:14 AM   |  A+A-

Vijay Mallya. (File photo | EPS)

Former UB Group chairman Vijay Mallya. | File Photo

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya has hit out at SEBI for barring him from the securities market over alleged fund diversion from United Spirits and termed the charges “baseless”.

Mallya, in a series of tweets, called the allegations of fund diversion concerning the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines a “joke” and said he is getting used to “witch hunts coming from all directions with no legal basis whatsoever”.

“CBI alleges diversion of funds OUT of Kingfisher Air. SEBI alleges diversion of funds from USL INTO Kingfisher Air. What joke is this?,” Mallya tweeted. He further said:

“Allegations of fund diversion out of USL are baseless. USL accounts were approved by top Auditors, an eminent Board of Directors n (sic) shareholders.”

On Wednesday, SEBI had barred Mallya and six others from the securities market in a case related to alleged fund diversions from United Spirits, a company which the tycoon promoted before selling to Diageo. He had resigned as director and chairman of USL in March 2016.

“For 30 years I built the World’s largest Spirits Company n (sic) India’s largest Brewing Company. Also launched the finest Airline. This is what I get,” Mallya tweeted. He alleged that there was a witch-hunt against him by the government. 

“I am kind of getting used to these witch hunts coming from all directions with no legal basis whatsoever. Shows what Govt Machinery can do,” said Mallya in one of his tweets.



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