Vi­jay Mallya turns up at Lon­don event, In­dian en­voy leaves

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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?”

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