Mallya attends Virat Kohli's charity event; Indian team avoids him

After his picture with Sunil Gavaskar from the stands during India-Pakistan clash at Edgbaston on Sunday created a huge controversy, Mallya barged into The Virat Kohli Charity Ball in London for the "Justice and Care Organisation" late on Monday without any formal invitation.

The former owner of IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) fled to United Kingdom in March 2016 and was declared an absconder by a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Mumbai (Maharashtra), June 6: A former Kingfisher Airlines employee on Tuesday said liquor baron Vijay Mallya should first consider the plight undergone by the employees and must clear their dues first.

The official also said that, "The Indian team wasn't comfortable and they maintained a dignified distance from Mallya". Mallya's presence is one of the reason that team left early. "I intend to attend all games to cheer the India team", Mallya tweeted today morning. "It was an unavoidable situation as one couldn't have possibly asked him to leave", the source added. He was not only sitting in the stands watching the match, he was also given a Champions Trophy lanyard with access to multiple sections of the stadium and the playing area.

Kohli's captaincy has drawn praise from former Australian captain, Michael Clarke, who lauded the passion and emotion shown by the 28-year-old in his stint as India skipper so far. Mallya owes Indian banks a massive sum of Rs 9,000 crores.

Sachin Tendulkar and Alan Wilkins has also attended the event. Upon India's request Mallya was even arrested on an extraction warrant by London's Scotland Yard in April 2017, but later he got bail.

  • Julie Sanders