PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Bangalore, 25 October
An FIR was today filed against liquor baron Vijay Mallya and his cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines on a criminal complaint by Bangalore International Airport Limited for non-payment of user development fees and passenger service fees to it.
“We have filed an FIR against Vijay Mallya and Kingfisher Airlines…,” assistant police commissioner Kamalpant said here.
The FIR has been registered at BIAL police station on a direction by a magistrate court here, where BIAL had filed the complaint on 21 October, he said, adding that they received the court order yesterday.
In its private criminal complaint, BIAL has sought action under IPC Sections, including 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 418 (cheating) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy), with a direction to police to probe the matter.
BIAL contended that Kingfisher Airlines had collected user development fees and passenger service fees from domestic and international passengers during 2008-12, but after initial stage did not remit the money to BIAL as required under a Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) directive. According to Bangalore International Airport, Kingfisher Airlines owes them about Rs 208 crore.
In a statement issued late this evening, a UB Group spokesperson said: “We are not aware of the purported proceedings filed by the BIAL as we have not been served with copies thereof till date.” Hit by financial woes, Kingfisher Airlines has been grounded for the past one year.