New Delhi: In a strange term of events, the Rajya Sabha Ethics Committee on Tuesday has rejected Vijay Mallya’s resignation from Rajya Sabha, citing wrong procedure. The committee has decided to cancel his membership along with his clarification on loan default.
Following this a motion would be introduced in the parliament and after voting Mallya’s membership would be cancelled. The committee also rejected his resignation as it was a scanned copy of the letter. According to protocol, the letter should be handed over in person or through a messenger.
However this is Mallya’s second term in Rajya Sabha and was about to end on July 1 but as Mallya’s facing a case of loan default, he put his resignation from RS, a day before the committee was set to recommend his expulsion.
In his resignation letter to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, he said he does not want his “name and reputation to be further dragged in the mud”.
“And since recent events suggest that I will not get a fair trial or justice, I am hereby resigning as a member of the Rajya Sabha with immediate effect,” Mallya said in the letter.
At the same time, the panel had decided to give Mallya one week time to explain his conduct. Also in a step of initiating his deportation, the government had over a week ago revoked the passport of Mallya, who is believed to be in the UK after leaving India on March 2.
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