In the first step to initiate a process to extradite businessman Vijay Mallya from United Kingdom, India’s Enforcement Directorate has now asked for an Interpol arrest warrant against the Mallya after UK declined India’s request deport him.
Enforcement Directorate has written to CBI to obtain a Red Corder Notice (RCN) against Mallya from the global police body as CBI acts as the nodal office for execution of Interpol warrants in India.
“An RCN is issued to seek the location and arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition or similar lawful action”, the request read.
Once notice is issued, Interpol seeks to arrest the person concerned in any part of the world and notifies that country to take his or her custody for further action at their end.
ED has been wanting to make Mallya join investigations “in person” in the over Rs 900 crore IDBI loan fraud case in which it registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) early this year.
Government of India has asked the United Kingdom to deport Vijay Mallya to join investigations in money laundering probe. However, Britain has made it clear that Mallya cannot be deported and asked India to seek his extradition instead.
The British government said it acknowledges “the seriousness of allegations” against Mallya and was “keen to assist” the Indian government in this case.
ED is also mulling attaching domestic assets and shares worth about Rs 9,000 crore owned by Mallya in this case.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had yesterday said in Parliament that India will now have to initiate extradition process after a charge sheet is filed to bring back the embattled tycoon to face money laundering charges as well as recovery of the Rs 9,400 crore of loans to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines.
Cancellation of passport “does not result in automatic deportation, that is the stand taken by UK,” Jaitley had said.