Liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s tenure in the Rajya Sabha came to an end today with Chairman Hamid Ansari accepting his resignation after he sent a fresh letter under his signature, a day after his scanned offer was rejected on procedural grounds.
Announcing the decision in the House, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said a resignation letter of Mallya dated May 3 was received by the Chairman.
“He has accepted his resignation effective from today, May 4,” Kurien said about the independent member from Karnataka who faces a case of loan default of over Rs 9,400 crore.
The decision came on a day the Ethics Committee of Rajya Sabha, headed by Congress leader Karan Singh, submitted its report to the Upper House recommending the expulsion of Mallya with immediate effect, rejecting his defence on the matter and dismissing his resignation.
The tenure of Mallya’s second term was scheduled to end on July 1.
Ansari’s OSD Gurdeep Singh Sappal said on Twitter “Hamid Ansari, Chairman Rajya Sabha, accepts resignation of Vijay Mallya, resubmitted unconditionally & as per correct procedure.”
In other tweets he said that “After SG, Rajya Sabha wrote to Vijay Mallya yesterday informing the rejection on procedural grounds, a fresh resignation was sent again today.