Mallya files complaint, says e-mail interview 'fabricated'
A CONTROVERSY over Vijay Mallya's interview with a weekly newspaper got murkier yesterday with the businessman saying he has filed a complaint with the Cyber police station in Mumbai, alleging it was fabricated.
Mallya, mired in a controversy for leaving India on March 2 in the middle of a massive loan default probe, was quoted as having said in an e-mail interview to The Sunday Guardian, published on March 13, that the time was not "right" to return to the country.
"I have not given any e-mail or any other interview to anyone including The Sunday Guardian. The e-mail account that has been attributed to me does not belong to me. Every comment, therefore, is fabricated," the liquor baron said in a statement released through his public relations agency.
"I have filed a complaint with the Cyber Police Station in Mumbai. The editor of the paper has also publicly admitted on Twitter that he would investigate the matter as this tantamounts to fraud and needs to be seriously investigated," he said.
A journalist from The Sunday Guardian newspaper had tweeted yesterday: "We stand by the Vijay Mallya interview in the @SundayGuardian."
Under fire over long-grounded Kingfisher Airlines' unpaid loans and interest, Mallya left the country on March 2, triggering a political row with Congress and BJP trading charges.
While it has been widely reported that he had left for London, Mallya himself has been silent about his whereabouts but has been tweeting occasionally, including to say he was not an "absconder".
THE STATESMAN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK