Vijay Mallya’s Resignation Accepted in Rajya Sabha

RS Chairman Hamid Ansari had initially rejected the resignation as it didn’t bear Mallya’s original signature.

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Vijay Mallya at a CCI conference. (Photo Courtesy: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vijaymallya.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>)

The Deputy Speaker of Rajya Sabha, PJ Kurien announced on Wednesday that the resignation letter submitted by  Vijay Mallya was accepted and he will not be a member with effect from 4 May 2016.

The former liquor baron had written to the chairman of the Rajya Sabha and the chairman of the Parliament Ethics Committee, submitting his resignation as a Rajya Sabha MP on Monday.

Ansari had initially rejected the resignation as it didn’t conform to the prescribed procedures that states that the resignation letter will have to bear Mallya’s original signature.

As per Rule 213 of Rajya Sabha procedures, the resignation submitted by a member must be voluntary and genuine.

After a money laundering probe was launched against him in an alleged loan fraud case, Mallya is believed to have left the country on 2 March.

A report in The Indian Express, however, stated that Mallya was present in the Rajya Sabha on 1 March.

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