I'm like a football being kicked around by NDA and UPA: Vijay Mallya

Last week, a CBI court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Mallya in the Rs 720-crore IDBI Bank loan default case as the agency sought his extradition from the UK.


Beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya has likened himself to a "football" being kicked around by "two fiercely competitive teams" NDA and UPA.

"Media happily being used as the pitch. I am the football. Two fiercely competitive teams NDA versus UPA playing. Unfortunately, no referees," Mallya said in a tweet.

Mallya also hits out at the investigation by CBI and its efforts to extradite him from the UK. Recently, a special CBI court issued a non-bailable warrant against Mallya in a loan default case.“Am shocked at CBI allegations. All false and misconceived to say the least. What do a bunch of elite Police know about business and Economics?” he wrote on Twitter.

The owner of the now-defunct Kingfisher airlinealso alleged that media has been used against him."The CBI (is) selectively releasing emails to media which are being taken out of context and distorted to make allegations against me and the UPA regime," he tweeted.

The liquor-baron also slammed CBI for its investigation against former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother, who were given clean chit by the special court yesterday, Mallya said that in spite of the agency’s attempt to harm them, the truth prevailed. “CBI made such a great drama accusing the Maran’s and putting them to great harm. What finally happened. Did truth prevail or CBI prevail?” he said.

The CBI in its charge-sheet last week accused Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines of diverting Rs 263 crore from Rs 900 crore IDBI loan for “personal use.”