Not sure at the moment what effect this news will have on the operation of the Sahara Force India team, but liquor baron and the self-proclaimed ‘king of good times’ Vijay Mallya is in a spot of bother in India just 14 days before the start of the Indian GP.
A non-bailable warrant has been issued against Mallya and five others by the The 13th metropolitan sessions court in Hyderabad in a check bounce scandal.
The case was filed by GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) in August after four cheques of Rs 10.3 crore issued by Kingfisher over user charges bounced.
The warrant was issued to Mallya after he failed to appear despite summons issued against him.
Mallya’s debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines has been in the news for all the wrong reasons of late following the suicide by the wife of a Kingfisher employee who, like many others, had not been paid for months.
Mallya has been quick to defend himself saying that no domestic airline in India is running at a profit, despite the success of Indigo and the relative success of Jet Airways.
It is believed that airport operators in Delhi and Mumbai have similarly dishonoured cheques issued by Kingfisher.