Vijay Mallya was in Rajya Sabha day before he left India

The attendance record on the Rajya Sabha website shows that Mallya was present in the House on March 1, a day before he left the country.

Written by Pradeep Kaushal | New Delhi | Updated: March 11, 2016 7:56 am
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Liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s exit from India rocked Parliament Thursday with the Opposition and government trading charges over his departure. But the attendance record on the Rajya Sabha website shows that Mallya was present in the House on March 1, a day before he left the country.

Elected twice to the Upper House — first in 2002 and again in 2010 — Mallya is currently a member of the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Standing Committee on Commerce. He made it to the House a second time as an ‘independent’ candidate from Karnataka. His re-election had brought together the JD(S) and the BJP to keep the Congress out.

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B S Yeddyurappa was then the Karnataka Chief Minister. In the 224-member Karnataka assembly, the BJP had 116 members, Congress 74 and JD(S) 27. There were six independents while one seat was vacant.

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Once re-elected, Mallya brushed aside questions on “where” he got his votes from: “I am obviously very happy. I am privileged to serve my home state again. I served the state with best interests at heart during my last term. I actually published a book on the questions I raised in Parliament and circulated the book to MLAs. I believe in accountability. People have reposed their faith in me.”

Records show that in 2012, he even got a written reply from the Finance Minister on “loss making branches of banks and insurance companies”. These are some of the questions he raised:

* His first starred question — it gets an oral answer — to the Minister for Finance and Company Affairs was about “customs duties on imported foreign liquor”. This was on July 16, 2002. The same day, he had an unstarred question — it elicits a written reply — for the Minister for Commerce and Industry on “varying levies on liquor”. He had another unstarred question for the Ministry of Finance and Company Affairs on the “report on alcoholic beverages industry”. This was answered on August 6, 2002.

* On July 29, 2003, Mallya got a written response from the Civil Aviation Minister on the “evaluation procedure in aircraft purchase”. A question on the “management of airports” was replied to by the Civil Aviation Minister on December 16, 2003.

* On July 20, 2004, the Company Affairs minister replied to Mallya’s question on “revamping of Companies Act” while the Civil Aviation Minister responded to his question about the “new international airport” at Bengaluru. On December 7, 2004, there were two questions — one on the “upgradation of airports in Karnataka” and another on the “delay in expansion of Mangalore airport”.

* On August 24, 2011, Mallya had a question for the Defence Minister on “civil operations at naval airport at Karwar” and the next day, the Civil Aviation Minister replied to his question on the “status of Bidar and Karwar airports”.

* On May 8, 2012, Mallya received a written reply from the Finance Minister on “loss making branches of banks and insurance companies”.

* On August 27, 2013, the Civil Aviation Minister replied to his question on the “development of Bidar airport”. A question on December 16, 2014, again to the Civil Aviation Minister, was about the “expansion of runway at Mangalore airport in Karnataka”.

* The last time he raised questions was during the 2015 winter session. There was one on “proposal for construction of rural roads in Karnataka” (starred December 22), “status of proposal from Karnataka government” and “renewable energy proposals of Karnataka” (both unstarred, on December 21).

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  1. C
    Mar 11, 2016 at 1:35 am
    Good Governance, Make in India and Clean India programs are executed very by by Modi and Co..........Looter is at his best. I can smell the bleeding in the heart of Modi Bhakts
    1. C
      Mar 11, 2016 at 1:53 am
      He couldn't have escaped with the knowledge of RAW. If RAW KNOWS, NATIONAL TERRORIST MODI knows. If National Terrorist Modi knows then STATE TERRORIST RAJNATH SINGH knows. If State terrorist Rajnath Singh knows RSS SENIOR TERRORIST MOHAM BAGAWAT knows.
      1. A
        Mar 11, 2016 at 12:25 am
        Don't let the other politicians - industrialist defaulters to run. Focus on them India.
        1. K
          Mar 11, 2016 at 9:37 pm
          Vijay has found Vijay again in running away before the courts could stop him, this shows that liquor, women and money work in the government circles just like the Nehru days. No one can be blamed individually except the lending insutions, their managers and directors and auditors should be put in PRISON, unless they can name the Politicians who helped with the scam.
          1. c
            Mar 11, 2016 at 3:00 am
            By that International terrorist Sonia know and also no nation Rahul knows it.
            1. H
              Mar 11, 2016 at 12:38 am
              Very interesting . Vijay Mallaya was elected to the Rajya Sabha by the BJP . Another illustrious person durappa was the BJP , Chief Minister in Karnataka then . Very interesting .
              1. B
                Mar 11, 2016 at 1:33 am
                He is a patriot rss style
                1. J
                  Mar 11, 2016 at 1:40 am
                  If this was not an example of conflict of interest, what is?
                  1. H
                    Mar 11, 2016 at 8:34 am
                    Not surprising that he attended today. He bought the seat at considerable expense.
                    1. S
                      s s nair
                      Mar 11, 2016 at 2:34 am
                      This is another proof, if needed, that our law makers are criminals. Not only this the Government has shown utter irresponsibility. The moment the criminal escapes, Quottrocchi came into the picture as if the government has no responsibility to the criminality as there was criminality earlier. One does not understand one's responsibility but teaches to others. It is time the people in India wakes up and prevent such incidents in future as the MPs are interested only in getting fat pay packets and not preventing criminals from escape.
                      1. M
                        MKS Dri
                        Mar 11, 2016 at 1:59 am
                        Will this crook be now eMP now that he ran away and hence he could still continue as MP but digitally!!!!!!! Who knows, in his case, he may be allowed to use skype or video conferencing to take part in RS proceedings!!! After all, he is a MP and hence, he will serve India from afar in the interest of common man!!!
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