Force India bosses in the headlines for all the wrong reasons

Vijay Mallya and Subrata Roy Sahara with Bernie Ecclestone

Vijay Mallya and Subrata Roy Sahara with Bernie Ecclestone

Amid team supremo Vijay Mallya’s high-profile problems, it emerges that another key Force India figure is also in major trouble.

Team boss Mallya’s grounded Kingfisher airline has hogged all the headlines, but now the owner of Force India title sponsor Sahara is also in hot water, according to domestic publications, including The Indian Express.

The report said that police have raided the house of Subrata Roy, after a non-bailable warrant for his arrest was issued by the supreme court.

The police “failed to find him there”, the newspaper said, but Roy insisted in a statement on Friday that he is not on the run.

“I am not that human being who will abscond,” he said. “In fact, being a law-abiding citizen, I shall hate myself to do any such thing ever in my life.”

The warrant was issued after Roy failed to appear in court to answer a case about unpaid refunds to investors.

Meanwhile Mallya, who is also boss of the IPL cricket franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, has been accused by Indian TV star Vindu Dara Singh of being involved in match fixing.

Ironically the Force India team are arguably in the best shape they have ever been in ahead of a Formula 1 season. (GMM)

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