India vs South Africa: Liquor baron Vijay Mallya was heckled and booed by cricket fans with the chants of ‘chor chor’ (thief, thief), as he arrived to watch India vs South Africa match in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on Sunday afternoon at the Oval, reported news agency PTI. As Mallya walked speedily past Indian fans outside the stadium, “Chor gaya chor (there goes a thief) and chor, chor (thief, thief),” were among the chants that could be heard from the crowd, said the agency. The 61-year-old businessman has been living in self-imposed exile in Britain since last year and is facing extradition proceedings in UK courts.
Mallya had recently sparked a controversy with his presence in the India vs Pakistan match last Sunday at Birmingham. After that, he had said on Twitter that he would be attending all India matches in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy. “Wide sensational media coverage on my attendance at the IND v PAK match at Edgbaston. I intend to attend all games to cheer the India team,” he had tweeted.
LISTEN IN | Crowd shouts ‘Chor gaya chor’ as Vijay Mallya enters the Oval stadium in London to watch India-S Africa Champions trophy match pic.twitter.com/kLuSGTA0CV
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A couple of days later he was also present at a fundraising dinner in London organised by India and Royal Challengers captain, Virat Kohli to raise funds for anti-human trafficking charity Justice and Care. “Virat or his foundation never invited Mallya at the function,” a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official was quoted saying by PTI.
Mallya, whose Kingfisher Airlines allegedly owes more than Rs 9,000 crore to various banks, had left India on March 2016. The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is currently working on extradition proceedings against him based on evidence provided by Indian authorities. The next hearing in the case is scheduled at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on Tuesday.