Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The Ethics Committee of Rajya Sabha on Wednesday recommended expulsion of absconding liquor Vijay Mallya with immediate effect.
The Committee has adopted draft report to that effect. "By taking such a stern action, a message would reach that Parliament is committed to take steps against erring members," RS ethics committee said.
Mallya, facing a case of loan default of over Rs 9,400 crore, had resigned from Rajya Sabha, a day before Ethics Committee of the Upper House was set to recommend his expulsion.
This is Mallya's second term in Rajya Sabha and it would have otherwise come to an end on July 1.
Chairman of the RS Ethics Committee Dr Karan Singh said, “We want to send a message that when things go wrong like this, Parliament is prepared to take action even against its own members”.
“Mallya in his reply questioned constitutional authority of Rajya Sabha to expel members. We quoted a judgement saying that we have full authority,” Dr Singh further said.
Ethics Panel of the Upper House, which had taken up the matter, had unanimously decided in its April 25 meeting that Mallya should no longer remain a member of the House.
In a step closer to initiating his deportation, the government had over a week ago revoked the passport of Mallya, who is believed to be in the UK after leaving India on March 2.
With PTI Inputs