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My name is Vijay Mallya and I'm not an absconder

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:53 IST

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is in the eye of a storm after he left the country despite pressure from the Indian government and various banks for his Rs 9000 crore loan repayment issue, has finally responded to the allegations.

Mallya, who left India on 2 March, took to Twitter to fight off the tags of "absconder". He posted: "I am an international businessman. I travel to and from India frequently. I did not flee from India and neither am I an absconder. Rubbish."

"As an Indian MP I fully respect and will comply with the law of the land. Our judicial system is sound and respected. But no trial by media."

"News reports that I must declare my assets. Does that mean that Banks did not know my assets or look at my Parliamentary disclosures?"

Mallya also slammed the media. "Once a media witch hunt starts it escalates into a raging fire where truth and facts are burnt to ashes," he said.

First published: 11 March 2016, 10:07 IST