Mallya’s Mansions To Be Held Up For Auctions Again

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Mumbai: Two plush properties belonging to troubled businessman Vijay Mallya, Kingfisher House in the city and Kingfisher Villa in north Goa, will be re-auctioned this week by the 17-lender consortium at lower reserve prices compared to the failed previous three auctions.

The reserve price for over 17,000 sqft Kingfisher House near the airport will be auctioned on Monday at Rs. 115 crore, which is 15 per cent lower than the failed second auction held in August, when the minimum price to sell the asset was fixed at Rs. 135 crore.

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At the first auction of the erstwhile headquarters of Kingfisher Airlines in March, the lenders had kept the reserve price at Rs. 150 crore.

The prime property, which has a built-up area of over 17,000 sqft and is located in the plush Vile Parle area near the domestic terminal.

The Kingfisher Villa at Condolim in north Goa will be put under the hammer on December 22 at a reserve price of Rs. 81 crore, which is 5 per cent lower than the auction held in October, when the lenders had tried to sell the sea facing property at Rs. 85.29 crore.

The villa was once used by Mallya to host lavish parties. Previous auctions of both these properties failed as none of the bidders came forward, citing higher reserve prices.

Similarly, the lenders also could not find takers for the various Kingfisher brands which were given as collaterals for the loans worth over Rs. 7,000 crore.

These brands had been valued at Rs. 4,000 crore but later valuers appointed by the lenders found them to be worth under Rs. 100 crore only. Also, the Service Tax Department too failed twice to get any bidders for the luxury jet in its possession.

All the properties are being auctioned by SBICap Trustee on behalf of the lenders. Mallya owes over Rs. 9,000 crore to lenders like SBI, PNB, IDBI Bank, BoB, Allahabad Bank, Federal Bank and Axis Bank, among others.

Mallya had left the country on March 3 this year and is currently said to be in Britain. CBI had initiated an extradition request to bring him back from Britain through a special court in Mumbai.

The investigative agency secured a non-bailable warrant against Mallya, following it with an extradition request from the special court to competent authorities in Britain.

 On November, a local court here had declared him a proclaimed absconder.

 

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