Mallya’s luxury jet confiscated by Indian tax authorities 13 January, 2013 Vijay Mallya’s private jet has been confiscated by Indian authorities as his debt ridden Kingfisher Airlines remains grounded and turmoil continues to grow for the Force India Formula One team owner. India Today reports, “The country’s tax authorities have confiscated the Airbus A-319 luxury jet that Mallya was using for his personal trips. “This after Kingfisher was grounded and over 4 000 employees had not been paid seven months’ salary, Mallya still continued on whirlwind domestic and foreign tours using the jet, which was manned by a special crew which unlike others received salaries on time,” added the report. In what is being reported as a major embarrassment for the flamboyant businessman, the aircraft was confiscated on 21 December by the Service Tax Department as Kingfisher had not passed on to the government $ 34 million collected from passengers as service tax. Mallya continues to blame media for negative reporting on the state of his business affairs and in a letter to emloyees has urged them to avoid journalists. Kingfisher management had promised the employees that their dues till June would be paid by December last year but this did not materilaise. Salaries due to staff last year between July to September have been promised to be paid by March 2013 after recapitalisation of the airline. Kingfisher, whose flying licence expired on December 31 last year, had recently submitted a revival plan to the DGCA. The aviation regulator, however, did not accept it and asked the carrier to furnish additional details. The Force India team which carries Kingfisher branding, of which Mallya is the majority owner, has yet to finalise its driver line-up for the forthcoming season although they are scheduled to unveil their 2013 car on 1 February. (GP247) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsHungarian Grand Prix: Force India preview BudapestMallya says Force India are in a good placeForce India: We were expecting to be stronger in the raceMcLaren: A day that promised much but delivered littleForce India: We are satisfied with our performanceForce India: Long-run pace appears to be competitiveGerman Grand Prix: Force India preview HockenheimForce India: We were expecting more from the raceForce India: Race pace is one of our strongest assetsForce India: We are in reasonable shape JodyRenza Why all these negatives about Vijay?? Together with the uncertainty about the second driver for Force India…is this just publicity?? michaelprescottmacarthur Well maybe because his ass is broke, he hasn’t paid his employees, and yet he still refuses to give a shit about any of it.