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Mallya faces 'chor, chor' taunts while entering Oval to see Ind vs SA match

He fled the country last year after defaulting on loans close to Rs 9k cr taken from Indian banks

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Vijay Mallya, Mallya, ICC Champions Trophy, Ind vs SA
Vijay Mallya booed outside the Oval with shouts of "chor, chor" while attending Ind vs SA, ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Photo: ANI

businessman was booed by a section of India supporters as he entered the Oval arena to watch India's crucial Champions Trophy encounter against South Africa, in London on Sunday.

Mallya, who caused a lot of embarrassment for the Indian cricket team when he dropped in at Virat Foundation's 'Charity Dinner', was in for some embarrassment when he along with a companion entered the stadium.

Wearing a black trouser and a sky blue blazer, was entering through famous Sir Jack Hobbs Gate when a few supporters started shouting 'chor, chor (thief, thief)."

One fan, in fact, started filming his entry as another shouted, "Woh dekho chor jaarahahainandar, chor chor (Look the thief is entering the stadium)."

for a fleeting second looked back before showing his customary nonchalance while making his way to the Hospitality Box.

The Indian government has been desperately trying for Mallya's extradition. The former chief fled the country last year and has unpaid debts close to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore taken as loans from various

A few days back, the Indian team had to leave Kohli's Charity Dinner function early to avoid having any interaction with Mallya.

In fact, skipper Kohli, who plays for in IPL, a team that used to be once owned by Mallya, also maintained a dignified distance from the tainted businessman.

It was learnt that Mallya was invited by someone who had bought a table for the event and the businessman came as his guest.

First Published: Sun, June 11 2017. 20:31 IST