ED wants Mallya’s pass­port re­voked

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The En­force­ment Direc­torate (ED) on Wed­nes­day sought re­vo­ca­tion of em­bat­tled liquor baron Vi­jay Mallya’s pass­port, mount­ing pres­sure on the sit­ting Ra­jya Sabha MP who owes more than ` 9,200 crore to a group of banks in In­dia.

Mallya left In­dia on March 2 as cred­i­tor banks closed in to re­cover the huge loan amount owed by his now-de­funct King­fisher Air­lines.

Mallya ig­nored three sum­mons to ap­pear be­fore ED but claimed in a tweet he would abide by the law.

Sources said the ED ap­proached the pass­port of­fice in Mum­bai on Wed­nes­day seek­ing re­vo­ca­tion of Mallya’s pass­port in a Rs900crore IDBI bank loan fraud case. “A pass­port is a valid doc­u­ment to stay in a for­eign country and with its re­vo­ca­tion, he will not be able to stay [wher­ever he is],” said a source.

Of­fi­cials said the agency has also writ­ten to the ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­istry to take ac­tion un­der the Pass­port Act, 1967, and ask the pass­port of­fice in Delhi to re­voke his diplo­matic pass­port as he has turned out to be “un-co­op­er­a­tive” with its in­ves­ti­ga­tors. Mallya is un­der­stood to have left for UK on his diplo­matic pass­port though his ex­act where­abouts are not known.

Once the pass­port is re­voked, ED has the op­tion to ap­proach a court for a non-bail­able war­rant against him and also ask the In­ter­pol to is­sue a red cor­ner no­tice that will fa­cil­i­tate his ar­rest any­where across the globe.

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