I have no idea how I was made the director of his company,” said Singh whose name, according to bank officials, appeared in the list of guarantors/directors of Kingfisher Airlines.
The list contains nine names, including Vijay Mallya, his son Siddharth, and Singh.
Sardar Manmohan Singh, a modest farmer in Pilibhit, 247-km from state capital Lucknow, has never met beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya nor heard of Kingfisher Airlines.
Ever since he migrated from Punjab four decades back, he has hardly set foot outside Uttar Pradesh, let alone board a flight.
Singh submitted a clarification letter informing the bank that he had no knowledge of the loan, requesting it to reopen his accounts.
“The bank officials said that my account would be reopened but they have done nothing.
” said Singh, who claimed his family’s annual income is not more than Rs 3 lakh. He had deposited papers of his land as security to secure a loan from the bank for his son’s wedding two years ago.
But in December last year, he was told that he was a ‘director’ of the now-defunct airlines and that his two bank accounts were being seized for recovery.“I have heard his (Mallya’s) name but never met him.