Expel Mallya from Rajya Sabha, says RS ethics panel

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FILE: FILE: File Photo of Rajya Sabha Chairman Md. Hamid Ansari.  Photo - RSTV

File Photo of Rajya Sabha Chairman Md. Hamid Ansari.
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The Rajya Sabha Ethics Committee on Wednesday recommended the expulsion of MP Vijay Mallya with immediate effect.

In its report submitted on the floor of Rajya Sabha, it said that the message would reach the public that “Parliament is committed to take such steps as are necessary against erring members”.

Rajya Sabha ethics committee headed by Karan Singh was examining the non-disclosure of assets by Mallya in his affidavits submitted to Rajya Sabha as the member of the house. The Upper House will now take a call on the recommendation made by the ethics panel in the report.

“Having considered the whole matter, including Dr Mallya’s letter, the Committee on Ethics unanimously decided at its meeting on May 3 to recommend to the House that Dr Vijay Mallya be expelled with immediate effect,” it said.

Ethics committee members expressed dissatisfaction and said that members of the panel were of the view that Mallya’s action was “unbecoming” of a Rajya Sabha MP.

The committee has decided to crack the whip on the ground that Mallya never declared these liabilities in the last ten years, which a member is supposed to do annually.

On Tuesday, Rajya Sabha Secretariat official told media that Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari rejected Mallya’s resignation quoting procedural grounds.  Officials also said that that MP Vijay Mallya’s signature was scanned and did not satisfy the rules.

“Mallya’s resignation was rejected by the chairman as the letter was not according to procedure,” said RS Secretary General

According to rules, a Member who intends to resign his seat in the Rajya Sabha has to intimate this in writing under his hand addressed to the Chairman, his intention to resign his seat in the Council.

Rajya Sabha Proceedings during Budget Session of Palriament

Rajya Sabha Proceedings during Budget Session of Palriament

Mallya had faxed his resignation to Hamid Ansari a day before the Ethics Committee had to take a decision on recommending his expulsion, an issue which was unanimously decided in the panel’s last meeting on April 25.

In his resignation letter, Mallya had said that he received a letter by panel Chairman Karan Singh regarding “purported default” by Mallya in the “repayment of bank loans”, which have “not been reflected” in his declaration of Assets and Liabilities.

“I am shocked that the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, and Government of India have provided factually wrong information to a Parliament committee. Allegations made against me are false and baseless,” said Mallya in his letter to the ethics committee,” Mallya said in his letter to the committee.

Rajya Sabha ethics committee had sought details of the liabilities on Mallya’s airline Kingfisher from 13 banks, which furnished their replies according to which the total liability on Mallya’s company is Rs 9431.65 crore. Of this, IDBI’s liability alone is Rs 1687.04 crores followed by Punjab National Bank’s Rs 1223 crore.