In a bid to tighten noose around liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is currently on a run, the Enforcement Directorate approached a Delhi court seeking to declare him a proclaimed offender for allegedly evading summons in a FERA violation matter.
Special Public Prosecutor NK Matta, appearing for the ED, told the court that the agency has no other option but to initiate the proceedings to declare Mallya as a proclaimed offender.
The court had on April 12 issued an open-ended non- bailable warrant against the liquor baron. An ‘open-ended NBW’ does not carry a time limit for execution unlike ‘NBW’.
On November 4 last year, while issuing non-bailable warrant against Mallya, the court had observed that he had no inclination to return and had scant regard for the law of the land.
It had said that coercive process has to be initiated against liquor baron Mallya as he was facing proceedings in several cases and evading appearance in those matters.
The court had also held that Mallya’s plea, that he wanted to return to India but was “incapacitated” to travel as his passport had been revoked by Indian authorities, was “malafide” and “abuse of the process of law”.
Mallya, who is reportedly in London, had submitted before the court on September 9 that he wanted to come back to India but was “incapacitated” to travel despite “best intentions” as his passport had been revoked.
The agency had issued summons to the businessman in connection with alleged payment of USD 200,000 to a British firm for displaying Kingfisher logo in Formula One World Championships in London and some European countries in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
It had claimed that the money was allegedly paid without prior approval from the RBI in violation of FERA norms.
(With inputs from PTI)