Even though Jet was a major competitor to Kingfisher at the time I feel sorry to see such a large private airline o… https://t.co/voRLi3ubU2
— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) 1555454648000
The 63-year-old businessman took to Twitter this morning and again repeated his offer to pay 100 per cent back to the state-owned banks.
“I have offered to pay back 100 per cent but am being criminally charged instead. Airline Karma?” Mallya tweeted.
I invested hugely into Kingfisher which rapidly grew to become India’s largest and most awarded airline. True, King… https://t.co/n1CboGigXY
— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) 1555454962000
“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 founder of KFA asked in another tweet. He added that his offer to pay back his loans stands irrespective of where he is “in London or in an Indian jail” as he does not feel “spooked” by possibilities of extradition.
Every time I say that I am willing to pay 100 percent back to the PSU Banks, media say I am spooked, terrified etc… https://t.co/48BlaLeZVN
— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) 1555455484000
Extending sympathy for Jet founder Naresh Goyal and his wife Neeta, Mallya said that India should be “extremely proud” of the airline for providing “vital connectivity and class service”. He also questioned why so many airlines have failed recently.
Even though we were fierce competitors, my sympathies go out to Naresh and Neeta Goyal who built Jet Airways that I… https://t.co/PAWglOMXy0
— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) 1555455796000
Jet Airways on Tuesday evening had sent a final SOS to banks for immediate release of at least Rs 400 crore to avoid a complete shutdown by end of day. While the airline is still waiting to hear from banks, aviation authorities have meanwhile started frantic efforts to rein in runaway fares as a fallout of Jet — which had a fleet size of 124 last November — is operating just five planes as of Tuesday.
Mallya is facing charges of fraud, money laundering and violation of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). He has also defaulted to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore.
The fugitive business tycoon remains on bail as he awaits an oral hearing to be listed by the UK high court for his appeal against his extradition ordered by Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London last December and then signed off by UK home secretary Sajid Javid in February.
A first level of that written appeal has already been rejected by the high court, where it will now be considered during a brief hearing to determine any grounds to grant permission for Mallya’s appeal to proceed to appeal substantive hearing.