Indian envoy spots Vijay Mallya at London event, walks out

Indian envoy spots Vijay Mallya at London event, walks out

Vijay Mallya was declared a proclaimed offender by a special court in Mumbai

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Industrialist Vijay Mallya (File photo)

Industrialist Vijay Mallya was reportedly present at a book launch event in London on June 16, that also saw the attendance of Indian envoy to Britain Navtej Sarna.

Writer Suhel Seth, whose book ‘Mantras for Success: India’s Greatest CEOs Tell You How to Win’ that he co-authored with Sunny Sen was launched at the event, clarified on Twitter that it was an ‘open invitation’ event and that anybody could attend.

He added that when the Indian High Commissioner realized that Mallya was present in the audience, he left before the question & answer session expressing displeasure.

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Also, after the book launch in a reception hosted by the High Commissioner, Mallya was neither invited nor did he attend, Suhel tweeted.

The episode comes after a special court in Mumbai declared Mallya as a proclaimed offender following an Enforcement Directorate plea. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had informed the court that despite a non-bailable warrant issued against Mallya, the agency had not been able to execute it since he was not in the country.

Under the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code, Mallya will now have 30 days to present himself before the court seeking cancellation of his status as a proclaimed offender.

The ED is currently investigating the alleged Rs 900-crore IDBI bank loan case against Mallya.

Meanwhile, the event in London was organised by the 100 Foot Journey Club, set up as a collaboration between the Indian High Commission and LSE last month as a forum to discuss and debate issues of contemporary relevance within the India-UK sphere.

The club had been launched in May with a talk at LSE on ‘Rethinking the Global Monetary System’ by RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan.

(With PTI inputs)