India asks British govt to deport Vijay Mallya
The government has asked the United Kingdom to deport Vijay Mallya for investigation in a money laundering case, stepping up efforts to get the liquor baron back to India.
“The ministry has written to the high commission of the UK in Delhi requesting the deportation of Vijay Mallya so that his presence can be secured for investigations against him under thee Prevention of Money Laundering ring Act 2002,” for-foreign ministry spokesperson Vikasas Swarup said on Thursday. His comments came four days after India revoked Mallya’s passport,
The 60-0-year-yearold industri- alist is facing proceedings in the top court by a 17-bank consortium seeking repayment of Rs9,000 crore in loans to his now-collapsed Kingfisher Airlines.
In a separate case last week, a special PMLA court in Mumbai issued a non-bailable warrant against Mallya after the ED alleged he had invested around half of a R950-crore loan from IDBI Bank in properties abroad. Mallya left India in March, triggering outrage as he is under probe by the CBI and ED for defaulting on loans taken by KFA. The top court ordered on Tuesday that details of Mallya and his family’s assets be disclosed to the consortium. It rejected Mallya’s argument that the assets weren’t acquired from the loans.
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