The case has been registered Against Vijay Mallya on the basis of a CBI probe into an alleged wilful default of Rs.900 crore loan in conspiracy with IDBI Bank officials. The Enforcement Directorate has registered a money laundering case against businessman Vijay Mallya and chief financial officer of Kingfisher Airlines on the basis of Central Bureau Investigation’s probe of wilful default of Rs.900 crore loan in conspiracy with IDBI Bank officials.

State Bank of India, which heads a consortium of 17 lenders to the grounded Kingfisher Airlines, had moved the Debt Recovery Tribunal in Bengaluru against the airline’s promoter Vijay Mallya in its bid to recover over Rs. 7,000 crore loans owed by the now-defunct carrier.

Mallya, who owes over Rs 7,200 crore to a consortium of banks led by State Bank of India, has objected to the plea by India’s largest public sector bank seeking the money saying that the payments are being made to him as a person not to compete with Diageo in the liquor business.

“The payments from Diageo Plc to myself are towards my personal non compete obligations globally except in the UK. In effect, I have given up my interests in the spirits business globally at considerable cost,” Mallya said in a statement on Sunday evening.

The Indian banking sector is grappling with rising non-performing assets (NPA). Gross NPAs of public sector banks stood at Rs. 3.60 lakh crore at December-end, up from Rs. 2.67 lakh crore at the end of March 2015.  In Budget 2016, Finance Minister proposed infusion ofRs. 25,000 crore into public sector banks under the ‘Indradhanush’ initiative.

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