Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: In an ironic move, Vijay Mallya's resignation from the Rajya Sabha was on Tuesday rejected by the Chairperson of the Upper House on procedural grounds even as the Parliamentary panel recommended his expulsion from the House.
The liquor baron's resignation was reject by Hamid Ansari, the Chairperson of the Upper House, on procedural grounds.
The chairman said his resignation was to be voluntary.
Mallya's resignation letter not according to procedure, does not bear signature in original, RS General Secretary Shumsher K Sheriff informed.
Vijay Mallya, who is wanted by banks and investigating agencies in over Rs 9000 crore bank loan default, had on Monday submitted his resignation to the Upper House.
Earlier today, the Ethics Committee of Parliament recommend the expulsion of the Independent MP and liquor baron Vijay Mallya even after tendering his resignation from the membership of the Upper House.
According to sources, the panel was unanimous in its decision that Mallya, facing a case of loan default of over Rs 9,400 crore, should no longer remain a member of the Upper House and found his reply to its notice unsatisfactory.
The sources said the panel will submit its report before the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
In his resignation letter to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, he said he does not want his "name and reputation to be further dragged in the mud".
And since recent events suggest that I will not get a fair trial or justice, I am hereby resigning as a member of the Rajya Sabha with immediate effect," Mallya said in the letter.
He also referred to the letter written to him by the Chairman of the Ethics Committee of Rajya Sabha Karan Singh and said he had replied to Singh.
Mallya is an independent member of the House from Karnataka and is facing legal proceedings for alleged loan defaults by his group to the tune of over Rs 9,000.
He was elected twice to the Upper House - once in 2002 and again in 2010.