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‘I will be there to cheer for India in every Champions Trophy match’

SNS | New Delhi |

Undeterred by the criticism over his attendance at the India-Pakistan cricket match in Birmingham, absconding liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Tuesday said he intends to attend all the games to cheer the Indian team.

"Wide sensational media coverage on my attendance at the IND v PAK match at Edgbaston. I intend to attend all games to cheer the India team," Mallya tweeted.

Mallya also used the platform to praise Virat Kohli, who was the captain of his once franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. "World class player World class Captain World class gentleman @imVkohli . Bravo Virat," his post read.

Currently out on bail, the liquor baron was spotted in the VIP stands enjoying the ICC Champions Trophy match, which India won by 124 runs.

The 61-year-old was arrested by the British authorities in April on India's extradition request in connection with a Rs. 900 crore loan default case of IDBI Bank being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), but was released on bail within hours by a London court.

Mallya, whose now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes more than Rs. 9,000 crore, including interest to various banks, had fled India on March 2 last year.