External Affairs Ministry Revokes Mallya’s Passport
But the beleaguered liquor baron, who as a Rajya Sabha MP had a diplomatic passport, can challenge the revocation
New Delhi: The ministry of external affairs on Sunday announced that it has revoked the passport of liquor baron Vijay Mallya, currently in the UK, a little over a week after his passport was suspended by the Narendra Modi government. The ministry is now seeking a legal opinion to start the process of Mallya’s deportation from the UK.
“Having considered the replies furnished by Vijay Mallya to the show cause notice, facts brought by Enforcement Directorate, and Non Bailable Warrant under the PMLA Act, 2002, issued by Special Judge, Mumbai, the MEA revoked the passport of Vijay Mallya under Section 10(3)(c) and 10(3)(h) of the Passports Act, 1967,” said MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup. As a Rajya Sabha MP, Mallya has a diplomatic passport.
The ministry of external affairs is also seeking a legal opinion on Mallya’s deportation. Mallya can appeal to the passport office, or move the High Court or the Supreme Court, challenging the revocation of his passport on the lines of Lalit Modi, former IPL commissioner.
Pointing out that the ministry has been approached by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) which informed about the non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Mallya by a Sessions Court in Greater Mumbai, Swarup had said last Friday that a request has been made to initiate steps for Mallya’s deportation so that the legal authorities can begin his investigation.
Informed sources had indicated that once the deportation proceedings are initiated, the government will seek assistance of the UK to interdict Mallya and fly him back to India. Mallya is understood to be in the UK after he left India on March 2. Last week, a court in Mumbai had issued an arrest warrant against Mallya after he failed to appear before investigators looking into the finances of his Kingfisher Airlines, which stopped operating in 2012.