The Ethics Committee of Rajya Sabha chaired by Karan Singh on Wednesday recommended the expulsion of beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya with immediate effect. The committee was of the firm view that taking into consideration the gravity of the misconduct, a sanction not less than termination of membership from the House is warranted under the circumstances.
“Having considered the whole matter, including Dr Mallya’s letter, the Committee on Ethics unanimously decided at its meeting on May 3 to recommend to the House that Dr Vijay Mallya be expelled with immediate effect,” it said.
Here are four notings the Ethics Committee made about Vijay Mallya
Parliament committed to take action against erring members
“The Committee hopes that by taking such stern action, a message would reach the general public that Parliament is committed to take such steps as are necessary against erring Members to uphold the dignity and prestige of this great institution,” the report said.
Mallya’s offer not tenable
Mallya, in his letter in response to the panel’s offer to explain his position, “has raised some legal and constitutional issues which are not tenable, because the Supreme Court has clearly upheld the power of the Rajya Sabha to expel its members for gross misconduct unbecoming of a Member of the House,” the report said.
Mallya shouldn’t have impugn the SC
The panel said “it is a matter of regret that Dr Mallya has thought it fit to impugn the (Supreme Court) judgment and impartiality of the Committee on Ethics as well as the entire House.”
Mallya never declared his liabilities
The committee had sought details of the liabilities on Mallya’s airline Kingfisher from 13 banks, which furnished their replies according to which the total liability on Mallya’s company is Rs 9431.65 crore. Of this IDBI’s liability alone is Rs 1687.04 crore followed by Punjab National Bank’s Rs 1223 crore. The committee decided to crack the whip on the ground that Mallya never declared these liabilities in the past 10 years, which a member is supposed to do annually.
Watch: Dr Karan Singh on Vijay Mallya