Vijay Mallya a son of Karnataka soil, he is not running away, says former PM Deve Gowda

Mallya, currently believed to be in London, is facing legal proceedings for alleged loan defaults by his group to the tune of over Rs 9,000 crore.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru | Updated: March 13, 2016 1:05 am

Former prime minister and president of Janata Dal Secular (JDS) H D Deve Gowda on Saturday became the first political leader to come out in support of industrialist and Member of Parliament Vijay Mallya, stating that he would return to face the law.

“It is wrong to say that Mallya is absconding. He might be abroad on business,” Gowda said.

Mallya was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2002 and 2010 with the backing of the former Prime Minister’s party.

“Mallya was born in Karnataka. He is a son of the soil. He is not running away from the country. The law is equal for everyone and he will face it,” said Gowda, addressing a press conference at his residence in Bengaluru.

“He has properties at various places in India and abroad. Mallya will not run away. Discussing this issue in Parliament is not right,” he added.

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  1. V
    Mar 13, 2016 at 4:54 pm
    Devegowda's party jds helped Mallya secure Rajya Sabha seat because of certain "compromises", no wonder why devegowda supports mallya, his party jds has lost all moral values in karnataka.
    1. D
      Mar 12, 2016 at 12:02 pm
      And he has given me 500 crores from the 9000 crores he looted. I am afraid he will expose me if I don't support him for that.
    2. G
      Gireesh ss
      Mar 13, 2016 at 2:34 am
      Sad and not surprising comment from HD Gowda
      1. T
        Mar 13, 2016 at 12:48 am
        Deve Gowda is a man of destiny who went on to become P.M. without voters sending him to LS so one may never know Vijay Mallya also gets benefit of rub off
        1. K
          Mar 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm
          Here is a person who has defrauded the banks to the tune of one billion dollars getting a reprieve from a former PM, this is shameless acts in which politicians get involved with thieves to rip India and its tax payers.
          1. K
            Mar 12, 2016 at 7:14 pm
            I think the Bankers and Politicians who aided and abetted this fraud should be hunted down and punished. Vijay Mal leke Bhagya did not do it alone.
            1. K
              Mar 12, 2016 at 2:59 pm
              One thief vouching for another, first of all Vajiy malaya is from Kolkata, not from Karnataka, he may have business in Karnataka since its prohibition laws were lax at the time of the start of United Breweries. I wonder how much this Dev Ghoda got out from it?
              1. A
                Mar 12, 2016 at 2:48 pm
                Vijay Mallya a son of Karnataka soil, he is not running away, says former PM Deve Gowda - well ........... ask him to come and prove that he is what you say he is .... LOL
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