RS Ethics Committee Recommends Mallya's Immediate Expulsion

The Upper House will now take a call on the recommendation made by the ethics committee in the report.

RS Ethics Committee Recommends Mallya

The ethics committee of the Rajya Sabha recommended expulsion of independent member, liquor baron Vijay Mallya, a day after he sent his resignation to Chairman Hamid Ansari on April 3.

"We met today (Tuesday) but it will not be appropriate for me to disclose what transpired in the meeting. Hopefully, the report of the committee will be submitted on Wednesday in the Rajya Sabha," a member of the ethics committee told IANS on condition of anonymity.

However, sources said the committee has recommended Mallya's expulsion.

Sources also said the panel wants Mallya's resignation to be rejected, and his expulsion initiated through due procedure.

After the report is submitted in the upper house, a final decision rests with the Rajya Sabha chairman.

Sources said the chairman has not yet accepted his resignation.

Mallya sent his resignation to Ansari on Monday, a day before the ethics panel was to meet.

He later tweeted: "In all humility and not in defiance as they report, I would like Indian media to check and verify facts before calling me a defaulter."

Another tweet on Tuesday said: "7686 Wilful Defaulters Owe PSU bank Rs.66,190 cr -- easy to blame only Mallya."

On April 2, the liquor baron Vijay Mallya, whose passport was revoked by the government, resigned from the Rajya Sabha. He sent his resignation to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Monday, sources said.

The resignation came after the Ethics Committee of Rajya Sabha unanimously recommended the expulsion of the liquor baron from the upper house of Parliament.

Mallya, wanted for defaulting bank loans to the tune of Rs.9,000 crore, was an Independent member of the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka. He was given a week's time, ending Tuesday, to put in his papers.

According to Parliament sources, during his tenure of almost 10 years as member of the Rajya Sabha, Mallya had been declaring his assets and liabilities as "nil".

The union government too had revoked Mallya's passport after he failed to turn up for a probe into a Rs.9,431 crore default of loans from Indian banks. This has set in motion the process for the billionaire's possible deportation from Britain, where he is staying at present.