Fugitive Lalit Modi makes appearance at Siddharth Mallya’s wedding in the UK

Fugitive Lalit Modi attended Vijay Mallya's son, Siddharth Mallya's wedding in the UK. Modi, accused of money laundering and tax evasion, was suspended from BCCI in 2010.

Updated24 Jun 2024, 02:24 PM IST
Vijay Mallya at son Siddharth's wedding in UK
Vijay Mallya at son Siddharth’s wedding in UK(X)

Fugitive Lalit Modi, former chief of the Indian Premier League (IPL), made an appearance at Siddharth Mallya's wedding in the United Kingdom, according to a Hindustan Times report.

The elusive Modi was spotted at fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya's son Siddharth's wedding to Jasmine at the palatial estate in Hertfordshire this weekend (June 22).

Lalit Modi is on the run after being accused of money laundering, tax evasion and other charges. He was suspended from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2010 for alleged financial irregularities and misconduct. The BCCI accused Modi, the then-acting Chairman of the IPL Governing Council and officials of World Sports Group (WSG), of defrauding it of 735 crore.

Senior Mallya, meanwhile, is accused in an alleged loan fraud case worth 9,000 crore.

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Fugitive 'King of Good Times’

Mallya fled India in March 2016 and has been living in the UK since then. The promoter of Kingfisher airlines, famously known as “The King of Good Times” for his lavish lifestyle, Mallya faces charges of money laundering and loan default in India.

The liquor baron made his fortune selling beer under the brand Kingfisher and later launched his airlines and Formula 1 venture. His airline, Kingfisher Airlines, was launched in 2003 and started commercial operations in 2005. However, owing to mounting debt and losses, it ceased operations in 2012.

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation in India (CBI) are investigating his case. In July 2022, the Supreme Court sentenced Mallya to four months in jail for a 2017 contempt of court case. 

India has made several attempts to extradite Mallya but has been unsuccessful so far.

Siddharth's marriage in $14 million mansion

Siddharth shared the pictures of his marriage on social media platform, Instagram. The couple had a Christian wedding followed by a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony. The pictures showed the huge $14 million mansion in Tewin, Hertfordshire, all decked out for the celebrations.

Mallya bought the mansion ‘Ladywalk’ from Anthony Hamilton, father of famous F1 racer Lewis Hamilton, just before fleeing India in 2015. It is spread across 30 acres and has several swimming pools, tennis courts, and fountains.

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Siddharth and Jasmine had announced their engagement on Halloween in 2023. Not much is known about the bride except that she lives in the US.

Mallya's son works as a model and an actor. Although born in California, US, he was raised in the UAE and London. He studied drama at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

He was spotted regularly in India at the IPL matches, cheering for his team, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), but has not been seen much ever since Vijay Mallya fled the country.

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First Published:24 Jun 2024, 02:24 PM IST
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