Mallya in trouble: MEA revokes passport

RSTV Bureau
Photo: PTI

Photo: PTI

Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday revoked king fisher Airlines owner Vijay Mallya’s passport after he ignored series of summons by the Enforcement Directorate and sought multiple extensions.

“Having considered the replies furnished by Shri Vijay Mallya to the show cause notice, facts brought by Enforcement Directorate, and Non Bailable Warrant under the PMLA Act, 2002 issued by Special Judge, Mumbai, the MEA revoked the passport of Sri Vijay Mallya under Section 10 (3) (c) and 10 (3)(h) of the Passports Act, 1967,” tweeted MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup

The ministry is also consulting legal experts on the deportation of Mallya who is facing charges of money laundering and other financial irregularities.

Earlier Swarup said that a request has been made to initiate steps for the deportation of Mallya to ensure his presence before the lawful authorities to proceed with investigation against him.

Vijaay Mallya who believed to be living un UK at present is under the ED radar in a loan default case where he took Rs 430 crore from IDBI and acquired properties abroad, Mallyas firm has been contesting the default charge ever since this issue has come to light.

The diplomatic passport of the flamboyant 60-year-old industrialists was suspended on April 15 by the External Affairs Ministry on the recommendation of the agency.

ED has approached the MEA seeking initiation of deportation proceedings against liquor baron Mallya charged with money laundering in the Rs 900 crore IDBI loan fraud case.

Sources have already indicated that once the deportation proceedings are initiated, the government will seek assistance of the United Kingdom to interdict Mallya and fly him back to India.

“The grounds for deportation are primarily two. A non-bailable warrant issued by the Mumbai court and suspension of the passport of the businessman,” they said.

Recently a Mumbai special court issued an undated non-bailable arrest warrant against Mallya on April 18 in response to a plea by the Enforcement Directorate on April 15 under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Vijay Mallya and his Airlines are in Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) watch over their alleged default on loans worth Rs 7,000 crore from 17 public sector Indian banks.

Mallya currently owe around Rs 9, 200 crore to public sector banks.

Supreme Court has directed Mallya to came on April 7 after the SBI-led consortium rejected his Rs 4,000-crore loan repayment proposal. Mallya and his team have been seeking extensions to appear before authorities before they took the decision to revoke his travel document.