Announcing the decision in the House, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien on Wednesday said: "He (Hamid Ansari) has accepted his resignation with effect from Wednesday, May 4."
Ansari had earlier rejected Mallya's resignation letter on technical grounds, stating that his resignation letter did not conform to prescribed procedures and did not bear the signature in original.
Ansari's spokesperson Gurdeep Singh Sappal confirmed on Wednesday that Mallya's resignation had been accepted. "Hamid Ansari, Chairman Rajya Sabha accepts resignation of Vijay Mallya, resubmitted unconditionally and as per correct procedure.
Second resignation letter was sent in original. SG confirmed from Sh. Mallya that resignation tendered was genuine, voluntary and unconditional," Sappal said.
Mallya had earlier sent a scanned copy of his resignation to Ansari expressing his desire to resign from Rajya Sabha and said that he didn't want his name and reputation to be dragged further in the mud.