Embattled liquor baron and businessman Vijay Mallya, who is currently fighting a high-profile Indian extradition request, said he is ‘not missing India’.
“All my immediate family is either in England or the US. Nobody in India at all. As far as my step-siblings are concerned, they are all UK citizens. So there’s nothing family-wise to miss,” he said.
India is seeking Mr Mallya’s extradition over $1.4 billion that authorities say he owes as a result of loans tied to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines.
“This witch hunt against me has been going on for a while,” said Mallya.
He has lived in Britain since 1992 and considers it a second home.
He further said that ‘I have done absolutely nothing wrong. In fact I am glad that it is finally before a UK court and an impartial court. So we wait and see how it plays out’.
The apex court had on May 9 held Mallya guilty of contempt on a plea by the consortium of lender banks, led by the State Bank of India, for his failure to furnish details of all his Indian as well as offshore assets.
The hearing was adjourned till July 14.
As per reports, despite the court appearances and travel restrictions, Mallya is still living the good life and enjoying a summer of sport.