Book on ‘king of good times’ released in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The first book on fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya, a king of good times, “Kingfizzer: The Rise & Fall of Vijay Mallya” was released in Odisha capital.

The book authored by Kingshuk Nag, the former Resident Editor of Times of India in Hyderabad, was released by Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Editor of Sambad, at Press Club of Odisha on Monday evening.

Vijay Mallya, who is absconding in London, is most wanted by the Indian government for defaulting on loans of over Rs. 9,000 crore.

The book argues that the businessman could have been brought to justice earlier and he could not have escaped the dragon net of law if the government agencies had acted earlier with the same zeal as they are showing now. The process delayed as the banks whom Mallya owed money did not register offences against him and his companies with the investigating agencies.

The book traces the history of Mallya Empire from time of Vijay Mallya’s father Vitthal Mallya. It also explores the personality and psyche of Vijay Mallya to figure out his penchant for luxurious life, which included wine, women and lavish properties across the globe.

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