Vijay Mallya also reiterated his request to pay banks and offered to return 100 per cent of the amount borrowed by Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) to the concerned banks. 

Vijay Mallya. (Photo: Reuters)

Beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya in a series of tweets asked the Indian government to help employees of his companies.

He said all his companies had effectively ceased operations and manufacturing activities and wrote: “Indian Government has done what was unthinkable in locking down the entire country. We respect that. All my Companies have effectively ceased operations.”

“All manufacturing is closed as well. Yet we are not sending employees home and paying the idle cost. Government has to help.”

Mallya said it is important to stay safe and maintain social distancing at a time the world is battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Important to stay safe and maintain social distancing which can effectively be achieved by staying home and enjoying home time with family and pets. I am doing the same. We all have a sense of bravado but it’s not worth challenging an unknown enemy which isn’t Pulwama or Kargil,” Mallya added.

He also reiterated his request to pay banks and offered to return 100 per cent of the amount borrowed by Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) to the concerned banks.

“I have made repeated offers to pay 100 per cent of the amount borrowed by KFA to the banks. Neither are banks willing to take money and neither is the ED willing to release their attachments which they did at the behest of the banks. I wish the FM would listen in this time of crisis,” he said.

The Supreme Court had last month adjourned a plea filed by Mallya, requesting a stay on proceedings initiated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to declare him as a fugitive economic offender and confiscate his assets amounting to Rs 9,000 crore.

Mallya fled India in March 2016 and has been living in the UK since then.

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