Vijay Mallya breaks silence, reminds media owners of favours and accommodation


Billionaire liquor baron Vijay Mallya has hit out at media owners, who according to him, have been indulging in ‘lies’ against him.

Taking to twitter, Mallya reminded media owners about the favours, accommodation he provided them in the past. He singled out Times Now and its editor-in-chief, Arnab Goswami (without taking his name) saying he ‘needs to be in prison clothes and eat prison food.’

He tweeted, “The editor of Times Now needs to be in prison clothes and eat prison food for libel, deceit, slander and absolutely sensational lies. Let media bosses not forget help, favours,accommodation that I have provided over several years which are documented. Now lies to gain TRP ?”

Mallya went on to say that he had not fled India denying media reports that he was an absconder.

He wrote, “I am an international businessman. I travel to and from India frequently. I did not flee from India and neither am I an absconder. Rubbish. As an Indian MP I fully respect and will comply with the law of the land. Our judicial system is sound and respected. But no trial by media.”

Mallya also expressed surprise over reports that the banks did not know about his assets.

He said, “News reports that I must declare my assets. Does that mean that Banks did not know my assets or look at my Parliamentary disclosures ? Once a media witch hunt starts it escalates into a raging fire where truth and facts are burnt to ashes.”

Mallya’s ire against Times Now in particular comes after the channel dedicated non-stop coverage on the reports that the liquor baron had defaulted on Rs 9,000 crore before reportedly fleeing the country.

The channel’s coverage included interviews with several former Kingfisher Airlines employees. On employee, Sanjay Bahadur, had told the channel that how high-profile politicians and senior journalists had often accompanied Mallya to exotic locations at the businessman’s expense.