Fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is facing extradition proceedings in UK, was heckled by supporters and met with ‘chor hai chants’ as he attended India’s match against Australia at the Kennington Oval in London on Sunday.
The 63-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss is wanted in India on fraud and money laundering charges amounting to an alleged Rs 9,000 crores.
In a video of the incident, Mallya is seen surrounded a small crowd of people pushing and shoving as cries of “chor hai (you are a thief)” grow louder. At one point, a shout of “Be a man, apologise to your country” is heard, to which Mallya’s response was inaudible.
Known to be an avid cricket fan, Mallya watched the match with his mother and son. As the fugitive businessman left the stadium after the match concluded, the crowd surrounded him and chanted “Vijay Mallya chor hai”.
When a response was sought by the media over the “chor” chants, Mallya said “I am just making sure my mother does not get hurt.”