Days after ‘absconding’ businessman Vijay Mallya spotted witnessing the high-voltage clash between the arch-rivals India and Pakistan during the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match at Edgbaston on June 4, he again grabbed the limelight and this time for attending Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s charity ball event in London on June 5. Virat Kohli hosted a charity ball in London to raise funds for Justice and Care organisation – an entity that works towards fighting human trafficking.
Besides Vijay Mallya, the event was attended by ‘Little Master’ Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and coach Anil Kumble among others.
In a video available on You Tube, Vijay Mallya, who is wanted in India for defaulting on bank loans, can be seen getting out of a vehicle and entering the hall where the charity ball event was organised.
Vijay Mallya, the former Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore owner, fled India on March 2, 2016 after defaulting loans amounting to Rs 9000 crore. He was recently arrested by the Scotland Yard in London. However, he was released on bail within hours by a London court.
Recently, facing a backlash on Twitter for attending the India-Pakistan match, Vijay Mallya replied to it haters and wrote: “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.”
Meanwhile, defending champions team India started their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 campaign on a higher note after they thrashed arch-rivals Pakistan by a huge margin in the opening game. Virat Kohli-led side will now take on Sri Lanka on June 8 at The Oval. India need to win the battle to confirm the semi-final berth.