Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Another shame for Vijay Mallya; Kingfisher aircraft seized
New Delhi, Dec 11: Vijay Mallya landed in another major trouble when service tax department seized an aircraft of Kingfisher Airlines. The 62-seater ATR aircraft has been seized as the airline management failed to pay its due service tax. At least Rs 63 crore service tax is yet to be paid by Kingfisher Airlines, informed sources. Meanwhile, sources also informed that the airlines has been served a notice by Mumbai airport aithorities as Kingfisher failed to clear Rs 22 crore dues towards parking and navigational charges. Mumbai airport authorities earlier were quoted as saying, "We have yet to hear from Kingfisher Airlines on our notice. They were given seven days' time to clear our dues and so far neither they have responded to the notice nor have made any payment." UB Group Chairman and the owner of the airlines, Mr Mallya owes over Rs 1,000 crore in vendor and tax arrears. Mr Mallya's company also has to repay due tax worth more than Rs 200 crore to the government, informed revenue department officials. The airline has been grounded since Oct 1, 2012 after its engineers and pilots went on strike demanding their long-pending wages. Not a single flight has been operated since Sep 30.