Pay dues or face coercive action, FM tells Mallya
New Delhi, March 28: In a stern warning to wilful defaulters like Vijay Mallya, finance minister Arun Jaitley said they should settle their dues honourably with the banks or else be ready to face “coercive action” by lenders and investigative agencies.
“I don't want to make any comments on individual cases but I think it’s a responsibility of large groups like his (Vijay Mallya's) to honourably settle their dues with the banks,” he told PTI in an interview here.
He further said that banks have certain collaterals of group companies of Vijay Mallya and will take legal action to recover dues that are in excess of 9,000 crore.
“Banks have some securities. Banks plus other agencies have also coercive methods available with them through legal enforcement...these are all being investigated by relevant agencies,” he said.
Mallya, promoter of longgrounded Kingfisher Airlines, had left India on March 2, presumably for London,
Rdays before the Supreme Court heard a plea of clutch of state-owned banks seeking recovery from his group firms.
Mallya and Kingfisher Airlines owed R7,800 crore to a consortium of 17 lenders led by State Bank, which had an exposure of over R1,600 crore to the now defunct airline.
Other banks that have exposure to the airline include Punjab National Bank and IDBI Bank ( R800 crore each), Bank of India ( R650 crore), Bank of Baroda ( R550 crore), Central Bank of India ( R410 crore).
The minister said the government has been trying to address the problem of NPAs in sectors such as steel, textile, highways and infrastructure, which are on account of economic slowdown. PTI