More trouble for Kingfisher as Mallya, Arya sued by pilot

Vijay Mallya, the promoter of Kingfisher Airlines, has been summoned by a court on a pilot's petition alleging that the company was withholding his payment dues.

Finding Mallya "prima facie" guilty of fraud and criminal breach of trust under Section 420 and 406 of the Indian Penal Code, additional chief judicial magistrate Umakant Jindal summoned him and Kingfisher vice-chairman Roopi Arya.

The court's order came in the wake of a complaint filed in court by a co-pilot of the airline contending that Kingfisher was not paying his dues amounting to over Rs28 lakh, notwithstanding a written assurance by Arya.

Akash Sharma, the complainant, said that he had joined Deccan Aviation Company as a co-pilot in 2006, which was later taken over by Kingfisher, which later abandoned its operation in 2012.

Despite assurances by Arya, Rs28.50 lakh were not yet paid to him, he said in his petition.

The court has also directed Superintendent of Police, Bengalaru to ensure attendance of the accused in court of ACJM here on 6 October.

(Also see: SBI joins lenders in declaring Kingfisher wilful defaulter and SC rejects Mallya plea against being declared wilful defaulter by UBI)