Noose tightens around Mallya, NBW issued in Hyd

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Vijay Mallya. (PTI)

File photo of Vijay Mallya. (PTI)

A non-bailable warrant has been issued against businessman Vijay Mallya after he failed to appear in a court in Hyderabad in connection with an alleged dishonour of a cheque of Rs 50 lakh to GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd.

After the court order, Mallya’s counsel H Sudhakar Rao told PTI that he will move the high court seeking quashing of the warrant.

GMR counsel G Ashok Reddy said, “He (Mallya) and others were supposed to appear before the court on March 10. They did not appear….Hence, court issued NBW order which has to be executed by April 13.”

There are a total of 11 cases involving Rs 8 crore payment to GMR and the NBWs were issued in connection with a Rs 50-lakh bounced cheque, he added.

The 14th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court issued the NBWs on March 10 against the now defunct Kingfisher Airline, its chairman Vijay Mallya and another senior official of the company and posted the matter for an April 13 hearing.

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd, or GHIAL, which runs Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, had filed a petition in the court seeking Mallya’s prosecution for defaulting on payments and cheating them by allegedly issuing cheques that bounced.

Mallya’s troubles have only increased in the last two weeks. The Enforcement Directorate has issued a summons to him in connection with a money laundering case. Not just that, a consortium of 17 banks including SBI have moved the Supreme Court for allegedly defaulting on loans worth Rs 9000 crores. There is a public outcry after it came to light that he left the country in the midst of litigation on March 2.

Meanwhile, Mallya who is reportedly in the UK tweeted to lash out at the media, who, according to him is running a false campaign against him.

“I am being hunted down by media in UK. Sadly they did not look in the obvious place. I will not speak to media so don’t waste your efforts,” Mallya tweeted on Sunday.

Earlier on March 11, the UB Group chief had released a series of tweets saying he was not an “absconder” and keeps making frequent visits to and from India as an international businessman.
The 60-year-old liquor baron left the country just days before banks approached the courts to seek orders restraining him from going abroad.

Opposition leaders including Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi have raised questions about how he was allowed to leave the country.

After the government informed the Supreme Court that Mallya had left the country on March 2, the apex court issued notice to him and sought his response within two weeks on pleas filed by a consortium of banks seeking direction for freezing his passport and his presence before the apex court.

Meanwhile, hundreds of unpaid employees of the defunct Kingfisher Airlines, which was promoted by Mallya, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention in the recovery of their dues which was estimated to be around Rs 300 crore.

(With inputs from PTI)