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KFA employees write open letter to Vijay Mallya

Angry employees of the grounded Kingfisher Airlines on Saturday wrote an open letter to Vijay Mallya, asking him not to set precedents dangerous to the country and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The employees, who are still on the company’s payrolls after it stopped operation, also said that Mr. Mallya’s ‘heart is impure’, and he has blood on his hands.

“Mr. Mallya your heart is impure and you have blood on your hands. We have so much to tell you but you won’t have patience and time to listen all that. Please do have regret and don’t set precedents dangerous to our country and aspiring entrepreneurs,” stated the employees in the open letter.

They said the letter was addressed not only to the chairman of KFA but also to the MP who represents our country. The employees also charged Mr. Mallya with damaging the image of the country in the aviation industry, due to his frauds.

“We demand that Mr. Mallya should pay the salary dues to all employees from the severance pay than going out of the country. We are still on the payrolls although without pay as we never received any communication, Mr. Mallya promised us revival,” said an employee who didn’t wish to be quoted.

Mr. Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines stopped operations in 2012 due to growing debt of around Rs. 7,000 crore resulting in job loss of around 1,500 employees. Mr. Mallya has come under the fire of the employees after he announced his plans of settling in the Europe.

Last month, Mr. Mallya announced his exit from USL as the Chairman and also signed an agreement with Diageo. He also said he would get a severance fee of $75 million (Rs. 500 crore) and he would spend more time in England with his children.

Meanwhile, public sector lender State Bank of India-led consortium of banks has moved Debt Recovery Tribunal seeking garnishee order against Diageo to restrain it from paying a $75-million to Mr. Mallya and deposit the sum with the tribunal. The SBI even wants the authorities to impound Mr. Mallya’s passport and also arrest him.

The suffering employees also sought the help of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help them get their salary dues. “We also hope our Prime Minister could help us get our dues, otherwise, we always feel deprived of our rights while discharging all our duties,” they said.

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