While there were many renowned persons in attendance at the highly-anticipated match, it was a photo of Mallya in the VIP stand at Edgbaston stadium that was widely reported by both TV and print media. Clad in his trademark white coat and sunglasses, the loan-defaulting businessman was also seen chatting with former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar. The images, which were shared by Twitter users on the micro-blogging site, quickly went viral
The Indian government’s external ministry has taken note of this incident and have forwarded a request to ICC speaking about bringing the Indian cricket matches in the ongoing champions trophy to India. According to the ministry, this will surely bring Mallya to India as he has promised that he will be present at all the India matches.
Mallya, whose now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes more than Rs 9,000 crore to various banks, had fled India for the UK in March 2016.
He was arrested by British authorities in April on India’s extradition request in connection with a Rs 900 crore loan default case of IDBI Bank being probed by the CBI, only to be released on bail within hours by a London court. He’ll appear before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on June 13 for the next hearing in the extradition case.