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Mallya’s Rajya Sabha membership may go

Panel has decided to give Mallya one week to explain his conduc

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Publish Date: Apr 26 2016 11:53AM | Updated Date: Apr 26 2016 5:57PM

Mallya’s Rajya Sabha membership may go

Vijay Mallya, who is Independent Member of Parliament,  may face expulsion from the Rajya Sabha.

 
Ethics panel on Monday had unanimously favoured the move. Proposed move may only be symbolic as liquor baron is to complete his term on June 30
 
Panel has decided to give Mallya one week to explain his conduct.
 
“We have examined the entire issue related to Mallya’s case. The documents that we had sought from banks have also come. There was a unanimous view in the panel that he should be expelled from the House. But still, we decided to give him a week,” said Singh after the meeting.
 
Next meeting of panel is scheduled for May 3. Members of panel will take a final decision then, Singh added. “Mallya’s membership of the Rajya Sabha is almost gone. 
 
This is the firm view of the committee. He has been given time to complete the procedure,” said JD(U) parliamentary party leader Sharad Yadav, who is a member of the committee.
 
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, said Mallya had no right to remain a member of the Rajya Sabha. 
 
Rajya Sabha chairman Mohammad Hamid Ansari had referred the matter related to Mallya’s alleged loan default of over Rs 9,400 crore to the ethics committee last month. 
 
Government had on Sunday revoked passport of Mallya, who is believed to be in UK after leaving India last month.