Mallya, whose now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes more than Rs. 9,000 crore, including interest to various banks, had fled India on March 2 past year. However, that did not prevent the liquor magnate from enjoying the event from the VIP section of the Edgbaston stadium along with a pitch pass. Kohli says that he "never invited" the former Royal Challengers Bangalore owner.
In fact, Mallya's presence forced the Indian team to leave early in order to avoid any controversy, sources said. Reportedly, Virat Kohli, BCCI deny inviting Vijay Mallya at the charity event.
Why not? It was a function directly connected to Virat Kohli and security could have easily requested Mallya to recuse himself since his presence was a hindrance. A defiant Mallya is happy to make his presence felt and has also promised to watch India play Sri Lanka and South Africa later in the week. "Similarly, someone who bought a table must have invited him", a top BCCI source present at the function told a news agency today. The players were very uncomfortable.
In his series of tweets, Mallya was full of praise for Indian captain Virat Kohli as well. "They can not ask him to leave or turn their back on him if he wants to have a conversation". However, he was released on bail within few hours.
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