New Delhi: Flamboyant liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s resignation from his position in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, has been accepted.
Earlier, the once-upon-a-time ‘king of good times’ had, in a pre-emptive strike, sent in his resignation in a letter from UK, where he is allegedly absconding after failing to make debt payments in excess of Rs 9000 crores. He has also been termed a ‘fugitive’ by India.
The resignation, however, was rejected by the law makers, giving them the right to expel him on their own terms.
The resignation letter was sent to the Chairman if the Ethics Committee, who later recommended ‘immediate expulsion’ of the now-grounded Kingfisher Airlines owner.
On April 26, Rajya Sabha’s Ethics Committee had recommended the expulsion of the liquor baron after it found that he has not declared changes in his assets and liabilities for 10 years.
Mallya was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2002 and again in 2010, both as an independent, with his current term set to end on June 30.