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"Can't vote, bail conditions won't allow me to leave London," says Mallya

By Chennabasaveshwar

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is appearing in extradition case in London, on Friday refused to comment on Karnataka politics. The next date of hearing is July 11.

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya

At the premises Westminster court, Vijay Mallya said, "Yes It is my democratic right to vote in Karnataka but conditions of my bail are such that I cannot leave the UK. I haven't been following the politics there so cannot comment on the political developments."

Vijay Mallya was a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, for his home state Karnataka. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2002 as an independent member from his home state of Karnataka with the support of the Congress party and Janata Dal (Secular). 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).

On 2 May 2016, Vijay Mallya resigned from his post as a Rajya Sabha MP, a week after the Rajya Sabha ethics panel declared that he should no longer be a member of the House and one day before the panel was set to meet again to recommend his expulsion.


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