Vijay Mallya booed with ‘chor hai’ at Ind-Aus World Cup match
New Delhi: Vijay Mallya met with cries like “chor hai” (You are a thief) and “humara paisa wapas karo” (Give our money back) as he exited the Oval after watching the India-Australia cricket World Cup match in London on Sunday.
The former Kingfisher Airlines boss is facing extradition to India where he is wanted on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to Rs. 9,000 crore.
“I am making sure my mother doesn’t get hurt,” Mallya was quoted by news agency ANI when asked to respond to the cries.
#WATCH London, England: Vijay Mallya says, "I am making sure my mother doesn't get hurt", as crowd shouts "Chor hai" while he leaves from the Oval after the match between India and Australia. pic.twitter.com/ft1nTm5m0i
— ANI (@ANI) June 9, 2019
In the video, Mallya is seen surrounded a small crowd of people pushing and shoving as the cries of “chor hai (you are a thief)” grow louder. At one point, a shout of “Be a man, apologise to your country” is heard, to which Mallya’s response is inaudible.
He told ANI, “I am here to watch the game,” and added that “preparations are underway for the next hearing scheduled in July.”
Previously, Mallya tweeted a picture of himself with son Siddharth at the game.
— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) June 9, 2019
This is not the first time Mallya has been heckled at a cricket match.
In January 2017 he faced similar cries – those of “chor, chor (thief, thief)” – when he came to the same stadium to watch a Champions Trophy cricket match between India and South Africa.