NEW DELHI: Independent MP and liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Monday resigned as Rajya Sabha MP.
This comes a week after the Rajya Sabha’s ethics committee decided to unanimously expel Mallya from Parliament. The committee had given him a week’s time to explain his conduct in the default on bank loans in excess of Rs 9,000 crore extended to his Kingfisher Airlines Ltd.
The ethics committee of Rajya Sabha, headed by veteran Congress leader Karan Singh, had decided to give Mallya one week time to explain his conduct, which the members said is a “procedural formality”.The government had revoked the passport of Mallya, who is believed to be in the UK after leaving India on March 2.
“We have examined the entire issue related to Mallya’s case. The documents that we had sought from banks have also come. There was a unanimous view in the panel that he should be expelled from the House membership.”But still we have decided to give him a week time to tell us whatever he has to say. The next meeting of the committee has been fixed on May 3, when we will take a final decision,” Karan Singh had said.
Rajya Sabha membership of Mallya as an independent lapses on 30 June 2016.
2015 Kashmir Despatch