Liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who has flown to an unknown destination to escape the clutches of Indian law, never failed to claim perks and salaries for which he is entitled to as Rajya Sabha MP. This was disclosed by Rajya Sabha secretariat. In response to RTI query by Mohammed Khalid Jeelani Rajya Sabha Secretariat disclosed that the absconding billionaire does not even hesitated to claim even Rs 20,000 which was entitled.
This was apart from the Rs 50,000 per month as salary he received every month. Vijay Mallya is facing a non-bailable warrant for defaulting on bank loans around Rs 9,000 cr. Jeelani told IANS that he was “shocked by the findings as Mallya was known for his flamboyant lifestyle — ‘living life kingsize’.
The reply also revealed that while Mallya had not availed of any airfare reimbursements, he happily availed of all other perks and emoluments as member of the upper house of parliament.
Mallya, 61, received Rs.50,000 as Rajya Sabha MP’s salary and Rs.20,000 per month as constituency allowance between July 1, 2010, and September 30, 2010. He also received the enhanced sum of Rs.45,000 under this head ever since.
The billionaire also drew Rs.6,000 per month toward office expenses in the same period and Rs.15,000 thereafter. Mallya also raised a bill of Rs.1.73 lakh on calls from his official phone number. Upto 50,000 local calls are free for a Rajya Sabha MP. However, he did not raise any bills against water and power consumptions and medical expenses.
Mallya was elected to the upper house in 2002 as an Independent member from his home state Karnataka with Congress and Janata Dal-Secular support.
In 2010, he was re-elected for a second term, this time with the backing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the JD-S. His tenure will end in July.
Ministry of External Affairs has suspended the diplomatic passport of Vijay Mallya after Enforcement Direcorate (ED) recommended the same.
Meanwhile the Ministry of External Affairs the central government was committed to bringing liquor baron Vijay Mallya back to India to face justice.
“The government is committed to bringing Vijay Mallya back to face justice. We are considering steps for Mallya’s deportation,” foreign ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup told the media.