Chairman of Rajya Sabha, M Hamid Ansari today accepted the resignation of liquor baran Vijay Mallya who is absconding in a case of money laundering probed by the enforcement directorate.
Deputy chairman PJ Kurien announced the decision today evening after the heated debate on AgustaWestland Deal in the house got over.
Kurien said: “I’ve to inform the members that hon’ble chairman has received a letter dated 3rd of May 2016 from Mr. Vijay Mallya, member, representing the state of Karnataka resigning his seat in the Rajya Sabha. He has accepted his resignation with effect from 4th of May 2016.”
Mallya was an independent member of the Rajya Sabha and his tenure was coming to end in July this year.
The ethics committee of Rajya Sabha has recommended his expulsion from the upper house as he repeatedly refused to appear before Indian authorities in connection with the probe launched against him.
Vijay Mallya is accused of defaulting on a loan of over Rs.9,400 crore borrowed from Indian banks. Enforcement directorate is also probing a case of money laundering against him on a loan taken from the IDBI bank.
India revoked Mr. Mallya’s passport last month and ministry of external affairs wrote to British authorities for his deportation following the issue of a non bailable warrant against him by a special Mumbai court.
The court issued the arrest warrant on a plea made by Enforcement Directorate as Mallya refused to return to India and cooperate in the investigation.