Vijay Mallya, the fugitive businessman criticized the center for allegedly “discriminating” state-owned and private airlines and showed his “sympathies” to Naresh Goyal, the founder of Jet Airways.
Vijay Mallya wrote on Twitter, “Even though Jet was a major competitor to Kingfisher at the time I feel sorry to see such a large private airline on the brink of failure when Government used 35K crores of public funds to bail out Air India. Just being a PSU is no excuse for discrimination”.
The 63-year-old businessman mentioned his offer to repay 100 percent of his loans and further tweeted, “I invested hugely into Kingfisher which rapidly grew to become India’s largest and most awarded airline. True, Kingfisher borrowed from PSU Banks as well. I have offered to pay back 100 percent but am being criminally charged instead. Airline Karma?”
Raising questions on the banks he said, “Every time I say that I am willing to pay 100 percent back to the PSU Banks, media say I am spooked, terrified, etc of extradition from the U.K. to India. I am willing to pay either way whether I am in London or in an Indian Jail. Why don’t Banks take the money I offered first?”
Supporting Naresh Goyal he further tweeted, “Even though we were fierce competitors, my sympathies go out to Naresh and Neeta Goyal who built Jet Airways that India should be extremely proud of. Fine Airline providing vital connectivity and class service. Sad that so many Airlines have bitten the dust in India. Why?”
The Kingfisher Airlines boss was accused of fraud and money laundering in India worth around Rs. 9000 crores. A few days ago, he had submitted “renewal application” in the UK High Court, appealing against his extradition to India.