Indian Envoy Left London Event After Seeing Vijay Mallya: Suhel Seth

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London: Business tycoon Vijay Mallya, who was last week declared a proclaimed offender by court in Mumbai in a money laundering case, has been seen at a book launch event in London that was attended by the Indian envoy.

The book – Mantras for Success: India’s Greatest CEOs Tell You How to Win – is written by author Suhel Seth with journalist Sunny Sen. The launch event at the London School of Economics, that was followed by a panel discussion, was attended by Indian high commissioner Navtej Sarna among others.

After reports that Mr Mallya, who has ignored a series of orders to return to India to face investigations, was seen at the event, Mr Seth clarified that that the book launch was an “open event” that was advertised on Twitter and for which “no specific invitations were sent.”

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“About @TheVijayMallya at my book launch. It was an open @SAsiaLSE & advertised on Twitter. No specific invitations. Anyone could attend,” he tweeted.

He further tweeted to add that “upon realising that @TheVijayMallya was in the audience as any other person, @NavtejSarna left before the Q&A expressing displeasure.”