Vijay Mallya who owes almost Rs 9,000 crore to banks, has quit as the top representative of Indian motorsport body in the world body Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). Mallya’s exit as top representative of Indian motorsport body came in after a significant intervention from the Sports Ministry.
Vijay Mallya had been in the news for quite a while now is currently facing extradition to India over unpaid debts for the Kingfisher Airlines. Mallya’s resignation came in ahead of the last meeting of World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) of FIA in June. The resignation came in after the Sports Ministry issued a directive to Federation of Motor Sports Club of India (FMSCI).
The position of the top representative to FIA remains vacant as FMSCI can only nominate a new representative for the position in December as the national body cannot nominate a person for the post in between the tenure.
After Mallya’s passport was revoked, former FMSCI president Vicky Chandhok acting as deputy to Mallya at FIA, had been attending all the meeting in his absence.
Following the developments, the official website of FMSCI removed the names of Mallya and Chandhok from the list of its FIA representatives.
Recently, during his 4-nation visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in United Kingdom — while addressing an Indian Diaspora — said that the Indian authorities are in constant touch with the UK officials to get Mallya back to India. During his address, PM Modi also said that the extradition process of Vijay Mallya has already been initiated.