Vijay Mallya wants to return, but his passport revoked, lawyer tells court
NEW DELHI: Vijay Mallya wants to return to India but he is “incapacitated” to travel as his passport has been revoked by the Indian authorities, the liquor baron’s counsel told a city court on Friday.
Chief metropolitan magistrate Sumit Dass, who had directed Mallya to be present before him in a case of alleged violation of foreignexchangerules,wasinformed that he was “making all efforts to have the revocation of passport set aside”. Mallya, currently in London, sought exemption from appearanceincourtontheground that he is not been able to travel to India without a passport.
“... ever since the revocation of his passport, the applicant (Mallya) has been staying in London and is not in possession of any requisite travel document, which could possibly enable him to travel to India,” Mallya’s counsel said. Mallya said he was shocked to learn in April that his passport was suspended by the Indian Passport Authority without giving him a “personal hearing”. Mallya said he was making all the efforts to have the revocation of his passport set aside.
Advocateocate NK Matta, appearingearing for ED, however,er, told court that Mallya was evadingding proceed-proceedings inin several other cases and sought time to reply to the plealea moved by him.