Saturday, March 12, 2016

Mallya’s private jet lies unsold at Mumbai airport for 9 months

Mumbai: Former UB group chairman Vijay Mallya certainly didn't leave India on this jet plane. His private jet, an Airbus 319 (with call sign VT-VJM) continues to lie parked in a hangar of the Mumbai International Airport (Mial). It has been nine months since the Bombay high court allowed the service tax authorities to auction it to recover its dues worth Rs 50 crore.
The jet, which has top-ofthe-range comfort with generous seat width even in its standard 124-seat configuration, found no buyer in the only auction conducted after the high court order on August14, 2015, saidsources. In 2015, a new jet of the same make was priced at $89 million. Mallya flew out of the country on March2, 2016,the day banks movedthedebt recovery tribunal to have his passport impounded to help them recover their loans.
The jet remains detained and grounded, rent-free, occupying precious parking space at the Mumbai airport. One of the reasons for the plane not getting any buyer, said a source, was that the newowner would needto inject at least $10 million to make it airworthy as itis not being used.
The jet was attached by the service tax authorities in 2014 for its dues, and Mial moved the high court to get it removedfrom its premises as it was not earning any rent on it. "We will recover our dues for parking later," Mial had said in the court through its counsel Dinyar Madon.
12/03/16 Swati Deshpande/Times of India
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