Missing India? 'There's Nothing To Miss', Says Vijay Mallya
Friday, 14 July 2017 00:07 Published in U.K.

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SILVERSTONE, ENGLAND: Missing India, and pining for a pit lane he can visit only once a year? Not a bit of it, says embattled Formula One team owner Vijay Mallya.

The flamboyant businessman, currently fighting a high-profile extradition request made by India, speaks instead of 'enjoying the fruits' of his labours on track and planning high-flying Force India's next decade.

He is also, despite the court appearances and travel restrictions, still living the good life and enjoying a summer of sport.

Horse racing at Royal Ascot, the Wimbledon tennis championships and Champions Trophy cricket have all been on his social diary, along with Wednesday's Formula One promotional event in London.

"There's nothing to miss," the 61-year-old told news agency Reuters at the British Grand Prix when asked if he missed India. "All my immediate family is either in England or the US. Nobody in India at all. As far as my step-siblings are concerned, they are all UK citizens. So there's nothing family-wise to miss."

India is seeking Mr Mallya's extradition over $1.4 billion that authorities say he owes as a result of loans tied to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines. Mr Mallya has dismissed the charges against him. "This witch hunt against me has been going on for a while," said Mr Mallya, who considers Britain his second home.

"So it isn't as if I have any emotional ups and downs. I have done absolutely nothing wrong. In fact I am glad that it is finally before a UK court and an impartial court. So we wait and see how it plays out."

The full extradition hearing has been provisionally listed to start on December 4 and to last two weeks.

Until the issue is resolved, Mr Mallya cannot leave Britain but he said that was no hardship, even if Silverstone is likely to be his first and last appearance in the Formula One paddock this year.

  • Input: IANS

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