Vijay Mallya Must Be Expelled Immediately : Rajya Sabha Ethics Committee

parliament ethics committee recommends expulsion of vijay mallya
Parliament Ethics Committee said in its report that it would send a strong message to general public

Reiterating the demand for expulsion of Vijay Mallya from the upper house, Parliament Ethics Committee Chairman Karan Singh today informed the house that the committee has decided that Vijay Mallya be expelled from Parliament immediately. Karan Singh forwarded the 10th report of Ethics Committee which mentioned that the committee members seek immediate expulsion of Vijay Mallya from Parliament considering the wrongdoings by him.

He said, “The committee was of the firm view that taking into consideration the gravity of the misconduct, a sanction not less than termination of membership from the House is warranted under the circumstances.”

“Having considered the whole matter, including Dr. Mallya’s letter, the Committee of Ethics unanimously decided at its meeting on 3 May, 2016 to recommend to the House that Dr. Vijay Mallya be expelled with immediate effect. The Committee adopted draft report to that effect,” he added,

Vijay Mallya had recently sent his resignation letter through fax, but it was turned down by House Chairman Hamid Ansari claiming the same has been done on procedural grounds. The resignation letter sent by Mallya did not bear his signature in original. Rajya Sabha TV CEO and OSD to Vice President Ansari, Gurdeep Singh Sappal informed about the decision on social networking site Twitter.

The Ethics Committee held first meeting on April 25 to discuss Mallya’s membership and the decision was put in the House, however, then Vijay Mallya was given one week time to respond on his expulsion. In response, Mallya raised some legal and constitutional issues and mentioned the Supreme Court judgement bars Rajya Sabha to expel its members for gross misconduct. The panel, then, said “It is a matter of regret that Dr Mallya has thought it fit to impugn the (Supreme Court) judgement and impartiality of the Committee on Ethics as well as the entire House.”

Surprisingly, Vijay Mallya sent his resignation letter to Rajya Sabha Chairman saying he did not want his ‘name and reputation to be further dragged in mud’. Mallya also claimed that the Indian media has maligned his image to such an extent that he believes he would not get fair trial or justice. He had also refused to return to India and is supposed to be in Britain since he left the country in March.

The report submitted by Ethic Committee mentioned that by expelling Vijay Mallya from the upper house, a strong message would be sent to general public that Parliament is committee to take such steps against erring Members to uphold the dignity and prestige of this great institution. The Parliament would now take a final decision on the recommendation of Ethics Committee.

Vijay Mallya has debt of around Rs. 9,400 crore which he owes to 18 banks, though he has offered partial settlement offers, the banks have refused all of them. He has also failed to appear before Enforcement Directorate for three consecutive times, after which the External Affairs ministry revoked his diplomatic passport.

Businessman Vijay Mallya was nominated to the Rajya Sabha as an independent member twice, first in 2002 and then in 2010. His current tenure is slated to end on June 30.

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