Sample Vijay Mallya’s recent Twitter activity and you’ll never guess he faces extradition from Britain. But between all the election commentary and retweets (“Young champions Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia.”), there is one sarcastic barb aimed at India’s Enforcement Directorate, which investigates financial crimes and would love to see the liquor baron back.
Wanted for alleged fraud and money laundering, Vijay Mallya left India in March 2016. He says he did not flee, and only flew out to attend an event in Switzerland. “There was no secret departure,” his lawyer told a special judge for Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) cases yesterday.
The Enforcement Directorate counsel’s counter: “They don’t have anything to show that he left India to attend a meeting…Who goes to attend a meeting with 300 bags and huge cargo?”
Mallya’s rebuttal-by-tweet? “Next the ED will say that I chartered the Jet Airways 777!”