Vijay Mallya berates Indian media's 'intense hate campaign' against him
Vijay Mallya has long claimed his innocence, accusing the Indian media of portraying him wrongly. Photograph: (Zee News Network)
Beleaguered business tycoon Vijay Mallya took a potshot at the Indian media's "intense hate campaign" against him on Wednesday.
The flamboyant businessman has been in the crosshairs of controversy ever since he left for the UK last March after defaulting on loans worth over Rs 9,000 crore.
The 61-year-old businessman -- whose business empire straddled real estate, beverage alcohol and aviation infrastructure -- took to Twitter to attack the media: "Intense hate campaign by Indian media against me knows no bounds. The GOI has filed a case which is before a U.K. court. Wait for verdict."
Intense hate campaign by Indian media against me knows no bounds. The GOI has filed a case which is before a U.K. court. Wait for verdict.— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) June 14, 2017
Earlier, the London court granted him bail and scheduled the next hearing of the extradition case against on July 6.
After coming out of the court, Mallya said: "You can keep dreaming about the billion pounds, but there`s no proof.
Do you have the facts? You cannot prove anything without facts."
When asked how he felt when he was booed at and called a thief during a match between India and South Africa in the ongoing Champions Trophy, Mallya said: "I was not called a thief that day by the crowd at Oval ground. Two drunk people were shouting but several others came and wished me well".
Business tycoon Vijay Mallya was booed by Indian fans when entering The Oval cricket ground in London to watch the key India-South Africa match in the Champions Trophy (WION)
Mallya has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and has stated that he has "enough evidence to prove my case in court".
But Britain's Crown Prosecution Service has argued the extradition case on India's behalf. A joint CBI-ED team went to London last month with documents to bolster the Crown's case.
Mallya owes as much as Rs. 9,000 crore to Indian banks. He was declared arrested in absentia on April 18 after India made a formal extradition request for him on February 8.
The 61-year-old chief of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines fled India on March 2 last year, has been living in Britain, mostly, since then.
(With inputs from agencies)