Amrit Thomas has been named the Chairman of the RCB.© IANS (File Photo)
Amrit Thomas has been named the Chairman of the RCB.© IANS (File Photo)

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s chairman Vijay Mallya has been in the news for the past few days. Mallya who has been under CBI’s investigations was declared a defaulter on bank loans, has left India to stay in his UK home, amidst a controversy in India. This is when Mallya officially stepped down from his RCB Chairman post. Amrit Thomas has been officially made the new chairman by the RCB. All communication between the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise and the the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will now be through Thomas. Mallya, who owes nearly Rs 9000 crore to a bunch of Indian banks, left India on March 2, days before an association of banks filed a petition in the Supreme Court asking to prevent him from moving out of the country. Also Read: IPL 2016 trophy tour kicks off on March 19; IPL 9 chairman Rajeev Shukla thrilled

The former Kingfisher Airlines boss whose businesses, especially Kingfisher airlines has collapsed and its employees have not been paid their salaries for the last year or so tweeted – “I am an international businessman. I travel to and from India frequently. I did not flee from India and neither am I an absconder. Rubbish,” few days back. Meanwhile, the business tycoon also had to step down from the post of director and chairman of United Spirits, a part of UK-based firm Diageo Plc. Also Read: RCB informs BCCI regarding Vijay Mallya’s resignation

Mallya had brought the Bangalore franchise for $111.6 million in the 2008 IPL franchise auctions. The side consists of stars like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle but despite of being a strong side on paper, possessing great power-hitting abilites and superb talent RCB hasn’t been able to win any season of the IPL so far. They have reached the finals twice, in the year 2009 and 2011 but haven’t been able to cross the line.

Mallya said in a press conference – “I have been passionate about this team since inception and am determined to do whatever I can to win the IPL trophy. I am glad that my son, Siddharth, will remain as a director [of Royal Challengers Bangalore] as he is equally passionate about RCB,”

Meanwhile RCSPL’s official intimidation to the BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur and the chairman of the IPL governing council Rajiv Shukla,said, “Dr Mallya will have the honorary title of chief mentor for as long as his son Siddharth Mallya remains on the RCSPL board. This is the limited role which enables the various members of the RCSPL board should they wish to consult him. In light of the above, this letter is to confirm to you that following this change, Dr Mallya has no longer authority to represent or bind RCSPL or RCB team and its operations. Dr Mallya’s resignation has not resulted in any change of ownership or control of RCSPL or USL, or any transfer of any part of the business of RCSPL.”