Much earlier, Chhabria had accused his brother, Kishore Chhabria, of walking away with BDA Distilleries, a Shaw Wallace subsidiary, surreptitiously.
The distillery owned the hugely popular Officer's Choice brand of whiskey.
As bitterness between the brothers grew, Kishore Chhabria went to the Mallya camp.
He got a stake in Mallya's Herbertsons, which makes Bagpiper whisky, and BDA, in return, became a subsidiary of that company.
Some years ago, the partnership began to unravel.
Mallya alleged that Kishore Chhabria had quietly bought Herbertsons shares.
As a result, his stake in the company was now dangerously close to Mallya's.
On the other hand, the Chhabria brothers began to settle their differences.
At the time of Manu Chhabria's death, a majority of the 160 cases they had filed against each other in the courts were withdrawn.
Mallya had to settle with Kishore Chhabria.
Image: President and CEO of F1's governing body Bernie Ecclestone, left, and Force India F1 racing team principal Vijay Mallya interact at the 2011 FIA Gala awards ceremony night in Gurgaon, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) west of New Delhi, India, Friday, December 9, 2011.