New Delhi, Apr 17 : Accusing the Government of “discrimination” in bailing out a PSU and not a private airline, fugitive businessman and former Kingfisher airline chairman Vijay Mallya has said the Government gave Rs 35,000 crore to bail out the Air India just because it was a PSU.
“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,” Mallya tweeted late on Tuesday night.
Recalling the closure of his airline Kingfisher, the liquor baron said he symapthised with Jet’s founder Naresh and Neeta Goyal and felt sad that so many airlines are being shut down in India. “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 ?”
Mallya further wrote that he had invested hugely into the Kingfisher, which rose to become India’s largest and most awarded airline. He said it was true that his airline had borrowed from the public banks but now when he was ready to pay back all money, he was being criminally charged.
“Airline Karma?” he said in a series of tweets.“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 ?, the fugitive businessman added.
Presently, Mallya has filed an application in the UK High Court to avoid extradition to India. A UK court has already ordered his extradition to India. UNI