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Vijay Mallya steps down as India's top representative to FIA

Mallya resigned ahead of the last meeting of FIA's World Motor Sport Council

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Vijay Mallya, Westminster Magistrates Court , London, extradition hearing
Vijay Mallya

has quit as Indian motorsport body's top representative in the world body after intervention from the sports ministry.

Mallya, who is facing extradition to over unpaid debts for the defunct Kingfisher Airlines, resigned ahead of the last meeting of FIA's World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in June, following the ministry's directive to Federation of Motor Sports Club of (FMSCI).

FMSCI can now only nominate a new representative to the in December as a national body cannot nominate anyone in between the stipulated tenure.

Former FMSCI president Vicky Chandhok was deputy to Mallya at the and has attended all the meetings ever since the Indian passport of the troubled businessman was revoked.

Current FMSCI boss Akbar Ebrahim refused to comment on the subject.

The official FMSCI website promptly removed the names of Mallya and Chandhok from the list of its representatives.

Earlier this year, Mallya was also removed as FMSCI honorary chairman as a result of his mounting troubles.

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First Published: Tue, July 11 2017. 17:15 IST