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    Twitterati Amused as Fugitive Tycoon Heckled by Indian Cricket Fans in London

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    The Indian businessman who is facing extradition proceedings in the UK was booed by Indian cricket fans during a world cup match. Residing in the UK since 2016, Mallya has been declared a "fugitive economic offender" by the Indian authorities.

    New Delhi (Sputnik):  Social media users were left amused after watching a video clip showing the booing of Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya during an India versus Australia match during the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 in London.

    In the video, which has gone viral on social media platforms, Mallya can be seen being cornered by some cricket fans who can be heard chanting "Chor Hai" — (he's a thief) in Hindi.

    Before the heckling video went viral, Mallya, 63, had tweeted a photo of him watching the cricket match with his son.

    The Twitterati were clearly amused with the heckling incident and some users wrote that he deserved the jeering.

    ​Crowd chants Vijay Mallya Chor Hai… as he goes to watch the India-Australia match. (Kingfisher employees clearly cannot be happy about Mallya using every trick in the trade to stay on in the UK instead of returning to India and clearing all loans. Money allegedly siphoned off. https://t.co/cyqXBcPbye

    After the incident, Mallya was seen telling the media that he just wants to safely escort his elderly mother out of the crowd.

    Some Twitter users believe that the Indian diaspora in UK should not have behaved disrespectfully towards the beleaguered businessman.

    Mallya is facing extradition proceedings for allegedly defaulting on loans amounting to Rs. 9,000 crore ($1.28 billion approx.). Earlier last year, a consortium of 13 Indian banks, led by the State Bank of India (SBI), initiated loan recovery proceedings against him in an Indian court.

    The Indian economic intelligence agency subsequently declared a "fugitive economic offender" via the Special Prevention of Money-Laundering Act of the Indian Parliament.


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