In­dia asks Bri­tish govt to de­port Vi­jay Mallya

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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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