MEA Sets in Mo­tion Pro­ce­dures for Mallya De­por­ta­tion

MEA has “sus­pended” ty­coon’s pass­port and is tak­ing le­gal opin­ion on de­por­ta­tion bid

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New Delhi: The min­istry of ex­ter­nal af­fairs (MEA) is con­sult­ing le­gal ex­perts for de­por­ta­tion of be­lea­guered liquor baron Vi­jay Mallya in a money-laun­der­ing probe un­der the .₹ 900-crore IDBI loan fraud case. MEA spokesper­son Vikas Swarup said the min­istry has re­quested for Mallya’s de­por­ta­tion pro­ceed­ings to be ini­ti­ated for en­sur­ing his pres­ence in In­dia for in­ves­ti­ga­tion. He said the En­force­ment Direc­torate (ED) has sought both re­vo­ca­tion of pass­port and de­por­ta­tion af­ter a ses­sions court is­sued a non-bail­able ar­rest war­rant against Mallya. “Those two ac­tions are un­der­way,” said Swarup. MEA has “sus­pended” Mallya’s pass­port and is ex­am­in­ing the re­sponse he sent through his lawyer to a show cause no­tice ask­ing why his pass­port should not be im­pounded or re­voked. Swarup de­clined to di­vulge de­tails, say­ing: “Now we are con­sult­ing le­gal ex­perts.”

Sources had al­ready in­di­cated that once de­por­ta­tion pro­ceed­ings are ini­ti­ated, the govern­ment will seek as­sis­tance of the United King­dom to in­ter­dict Mallya and fly him back to In­dia.

“There are two grounds for de­por­ta­tion — non-bail­able war­rant is­sued by a Mum­bai court and sus­pen­sion of pass­port,” said a per­son in the know.

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