Vijay Mallya turns up at London event, Indian envoy leaves
LONDON: India reacted with fury on Saturday at the “brazenness” with which proclaimed offender Vijay Mallya joined a book launch event at the London School of Economics attended by Indian high commissioner Navtej Sarna, who walked out mid-way.
India is likely to take up strongly with the UK government Mallya’s apparent attempt to embarrass its representatives in London. The LSE event on Thursday evening was to launch Suhel Seth’s book on 21 Indian CEOs titled “Mantras for Success”. “Why should the Indian high commissioner have to leave such an event? It should be Mallya doing so. He has taken to embarrassing India with his brazenness, which calls into question Britain’s action or inaction to respond to India’s requests to bring him to justice,” a senior representative said. She added: “It also calls into question the nationalism of Indian circles who invite a proclaimed offender to events. High commission officials are doing their job representing India, but is it only their duty to do so?”