Speculations are rife that the liquor baron Vijay Mallya is set to tie the knot for the third time. Mallya, who has been on the run after defrauding Indian banks for hundreds of crores of rupees, is currently residing in London.
According to several reports, Mallya is all set to marry his long-term partner, Pinky Lalwani, who too had left India with him in 2016. The billionaire businessman had previously married Sameera Tyabjee, a former air hostess and is currently married to Rekha Mallya.
Like Sameera, Pinky too worked for Kingfisher Airlines as a flight attendant before gaining proximity to Mallya. Last week, a report by the Economic Times said that the disgraced businessman had celebrated their anniversary of togetherness in London. She had reportedly also appeared in a Kingfisher ad.
She was also seen accompanying Mallya during his court appearances in London. India has sought Mallya’s extradition from the UK on charges of money laundering. Mallya, whose defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes more than Rs. 9,000 crore to various banks, had left India on 2 March 2016.
The total attachment made by the Enforcement Directorate in this case has now shot up to Rs. 8,041 crore and this is one of the largest attachment of assets made by the agency in a PMLA case till now.
The agency had registered a money laundering case against him and others based on an FIR registered last year by the CBI.