Mallya drops in at Kohli event, Indian team avoids him

A day after being spotted at the India-Pakistan game in Birmingham, Mallya again turned up in an identical white suit at Virat Kohli's charity ball at the Honourable Artillery Company grounds in London.

"Wide sensational media coverage on my attendance at the IND v PAK match at Edgbaston".

The much-anticipated cricket match between India and Pakistan was enjoyed by many and much to everyone's surprise, Indian businessman Vijay Mallya was seen amongst the stands along with Indian commentator and former batsman Sunil Gavaskar.

Vijay Mallya who has unpaid debts of over Rs 9000 crores owing to the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines fled to the United Kingdom a year ago.

Now out on bail, the liquor baron was spotted in VIP stand enjoying the match at Edgbaston.

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Former owner of Kohli's Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Mallya is now out on bail in London despite being wanted in India.

While one concedes he did not gatecrash the charity dinner given by Virat Kohli's foundation in London and was a guest of one of those people who had bought a table, plain common sense indicates you should avoid being a pest. Mallya's presence is one of the reasons that the team left early.

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Why not? It was a function directly connected to Virat Kohli and security could have easily requested Mallya to recuse himself since his presence was a hindrance. "Similarly, someone who bought a table must have invited him", a top BCCI source who was present at the event, was quoted as saying to PTI. The players were very uncomfortable.

The tycoon was arrested by the Scotland Yard on April 19 on an extradition warrant but was granted bail within a few hours.

  • Regina Holmes