Government of India is exploring the option of extraditing liquor baron Vijay Mallya from United Kingdom after British authorities refused India’s request to deport Mallya.
Mallya’s extradition information was given by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday when Mallya’ s deportation issue was raised by Janata Dal United Member Sharad Yadav
” He has left the country, taken lot of money from public sector Banks.. Its public money, You( Government) said you will bring him back at any cost.. UK refused to send him back. What is your stand? ” asked the senior leader.
Replying to Sharad Yadav’s demand, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that British authorities do not permit deportation of an individual if he enters UK with a valid passport.
“ED has asked British authorities to deport Mallya after his diplomatic passport was cancelled by government of India. They (UK) refused it. Now we can take up the extradition route once the charge sheet is filed….that process is on,” said Jaitley
Ministry of External Affairs officials said that Vijay Mallya who is presently living in UK cannot be deported as per British laws. Officials also said that UK has asked India to make request for either mutual legal assistance or extradition of Mallya since he is a citizen of that country.
On Monday, United Kingdom authorities informed the Indian High Commission to inform investigating agencies of its inability to deport Mr. Mallya despite the fact that his diplomatic passport was revoked by the External Affairs Ministry on April 24.
Vijay Mallya who is frequent visitor of the United Kingdom holds a residency permit. The Kingfisher owners name also figures in the U.K. electoral rolls. He lives in a three-storey mansion named Ladywalk at Tewin in Hertfordshire near London.
The Indian government has been told that though his passport has been cancelled, he has been staying there on a valid U.K. visa.
The Enforcement Directorate — which has approached the Interpol seeking issuance of Red Notice against Mr. Mallya — had earlier requested the Indian government to initiate deportation proceedings after his passport was suspended on the basis of a non-bail able warrant issued against him by a Mumbai court.
Mr. Mallya, who recently resigned from Rajya Sabha as the Member of Parliament is the promoter of the defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes over Rs. 9,000 crore to nationalised banks. Vijay Mallya flew out of the country on March 2.
Enforcement Directorate that is enquiring the financial defaults committed by the businessman turned parliamentarian in Rs 900 crore IDBI Bank loan default case
ED has issued arrest warrant against the former parliamentarian after he failed to appear before the agency following his escape government of India has suspended his passport.
In July 2015, the Central Bureau of Investigation had registered a case against Mr. Mallya, Kingfisher Airlines and others.