New Delhi, Mar. 13 (ANI): Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja on Sunday accused the BJP-led NDA Government of serving the interest of wilful defaulters like Vijay Mallya and alleged that the ruling dispensation at the Centre was working in coalition with such economic defaulters.
“The government is working in coalition with these economic defaulters. This government works to serve the interest of such wilful defaulters, corporate houses and big business houses,” Raja told ANI here.
“The government has no answer as to why Mallya was allowed to escape. This government talks of good governance, but lacks political will. This government supports such wilful defaulters and if it doesn’t then it should act,” he added.
Mallya, who is currently in the United Kingdom and is being sought out in India over charges of money laundering, claimed that the banks gave him loans after evaluating all aspects, adding that he is not trying to evade the law enforcement agencies but is on a personal visit.
In an e-mail interview with the Sunday Guardian, the business tycoon said he feels that he has already been branded a criminal in the country and, therefore, it was not the right time for him to return.
“There was a lookout notice issued against me last year. But I didn’t ‘escape’. Why am I being portrayed as a criminal now? Loan defaults are a business matter. When the banks give out loans, they know the risk involved. They decide we don’t. Our own business was flourishing, but plummeted suddenly. Don’t make me the villain. I have the best intentions. I’m quiet because I fear my words will be twisted like of others,” he said.
Asserting that he was being victimised, Mallya alleged that there was a big agenda that some people were pushing against him.
In the interview, he also said that he wanted to return but feared that he might not get to fair chance to present his side as he was already branded as a criminal.
The government had earlier told the Supreme Court that Mallya had left India on March 2 following which the bench issued notice to him and sought his response within two weeks on pleas filed by a consortium of banks seeking direction for freezing his passport and his presence before the apex court. (ANI)