Mallya refutes ED allegations of trying to bargain with Indian authorities over seized assets

As per reported, Vijay Mallya, so-called ‘liquor baron’ is facing a trial for the UK Court to rule if he can be extradited to India to face charges for financial irregularities involving a total amount of Rs 9,000 crore, as well as money laundering cases, has refuted allegations by an Enforcement Directorate official that he is trying to bargain with Indian authorities over assets seized by them.

The official further claimed that ED had not received any copy of the affidavit filed by Mallya and United Breweries Holdings before the Karnataka high court last week, contrary to the businessman’s claims.

Less than a week ago, Mallya broke his silence over the controversy surrounding him of default of around Rs 9,000 crore.

“Media reports quote an ED official stating that I am attempting a plea bargain. Would respectfully suggest that the official read the ED charge sheet first. I would invite the ED to advance the same plea bargain theory in court in front of whom I have placed my assets,” he tweeted.

As per a news report, Mallya’s retaliation came after an ED official dismissed the former’s offer to settle all dues if his seized assets were freed up as “an attempt at plea bargaining and a bid to bolster his case against extradition to India from Britain”.

by Sawan Kumar on July 1, 2018

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