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Mallya appears on UK electoral rolls: Report

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya, whose Kingfisher Airlines has been accused of having defaulted on loans of over Rs 9,400 crore and faces legal proceedings, appears on the electoral rolls in the UK with his country home in Britain as his recorded address, a media report stated on Sunday.

The 60-year-old, who strongly rejects any suggestion of wrongdoing and denies that he has deliberately absconded from India, has been living at a three-storey mansion called Ladywalk in the village of Tewin in Hertfordshire, just over a one-hour drive north of London.

According to 'The Sunday Times', Mallya confirmed that “my official address in the UK is at Ladywalk”, adding that he had supplied this information to the Indian authorities.

The 11.5-million-pound mansion was bought from the father of British Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton by a company with offshore links.

“The ownership structure of Ladywalk is perfectly legal,” the newspaper quoted Mallya as saying. The use of companies with offshore links to buy properties in Britain has come under increasing scrutiny as the practice can allow the real owner or beneficiary to remain hidden sometimes for tax purposes.

Such companies collectively hold up to 170 billion pounds of UK property, much of it in London and the home counties.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to use an anti-corruption summit next month to demand more transparency on such future purchases. Mallya, however, told the newspaper there was no “concealment or tax avoidance involved” and said that he has been a “British resident” since 1992. The report notes that official documents list the owner of Ladywalk as a limited liability partnership called Ladywalk LLP.
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