Govt talk­ing to ex­perts on Mallya de­por­ta­tion

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NEW DELHI: The for­eign min­istry is con­sult­ing le­gal ex­perts to de­port liquor baron Vi­jay Mallya to face pro­ceed­ings in a money laun­der­ing case, min­istry spokesper­son Vikas Swa­roop said on Fri­day.

The com­ments came a day af­ter the en­force­ment di­rect too rate ap­proached the for­eign min­istry to ini­ti­ate de­por­ta­tion pro­ceed­ing seed­ings against Mallya, who is cur­rently in thee United King­dom. He is also un­der probe for de­fault­ing on bank loans worth more than Rs9,000 crore.

“Now we are con­sult­ing le­gal ex­perts,” Swa­roop said, when asked about the ED re­quest for de­por­ta­tion.

On Mon­day, a spe­cial Pre­ven­tion of Money Laun­der­ing Act (PMLA) court in Mum­bai is­sued a non-bail­able war­rant against Mallya aafter the ED al­leged the in­dus­tri­al­ist in­vested around half of a Rs950 crore loan from IDBI bank—take nb by his nowde­funct de­funct King fish King fisher Air­lines (KFA) — in prop­er­ties out­side the country.

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