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Mallya slams NDA, UPA, says both using him as 'football' and 'media' as 'pitch'

Beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya has lashed out at BJP-led NDA and Congress-led UPA, saying, he is a 'football' and the two 'fiercely competitive' political entities have been playing against each other using 'media' as the 'pitch.'

Mallya, who has been accused of diversion of funds from Kingfisher Airlines, tweeted, "Media happily being used as the pitch. I am the football. Two fiercely competitive teams NDA versus UPA playing. Unfortunately no Referees."

Mallya also took a dig at CBI, saying, "Am shocked at CBI allegations. All false and misconceived to say the least What do a bunch of elite Police know about business and Economics?"

Targetting the CBI after a special court had discharged former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his industrialist brother Kalanithi Maran and others in the Aircel-Maxis deal cases, Mallya said, "CBI made such a great drama accusing the Maran's and putting them to great harm. What finally happened. Did truth prevail or CBI prevail ?"

His comments come days after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced in the Union Budget the Narendra Modi government would soon take measures to introduce changes in the existing laws or frame a new law to confiscate the property of such absconders.

Without naming Mallya, FM Jaitley said in recent times, it has come to notice that some people flee from the country after defaulting on loans from banks. Mallya owes around Rs 9000 crore to a consortium of banks.

Earlier, Mallya had launched a sharp attack on media, saying, "In our Country I assumed that innocence prevails till proven guilty. Media have convicted me guilty without trial with widespread influence."

In a series of tweets, Mallya said, "Our President said 'A wise and discerning mind is necessary @TimesNow instead of your usual sensationalism stirring up controversy for TRP.' "Till this minute there is no final judicial determination on what KFA owes to Banks and what I may owe in my personal capacity after trial," he said, adding, "Yet it is reported that I have fled or run away owing money to Banks that I never ever borrowed in the first place."