Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)


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A Delhi court on Wednesday issued an open ended non-bailable warrant against beleaguere­d businessma­n Vijay Mallya in a case of allegedly evading summons in a Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) violation case.

Chief metropolit­an magistrate Sumit Dass passed the order after the Enforcemen­t Directorat­e submitted that nonbailabl­e warrant issued on November 4 last year by the court has not been executed and it needs more time to do so.

An ‘open-ended NBW’ does not carry a time limit for execution unlike ‘NBW’.

The court, which put up the matter for next hearing on November 8, however, asked the agency to file a progress report in this regard within two months.

On November 4 last year, while issuing non-bailable warrant against Mallya, the court had observed that he had no inclinatio­n to return and had scant regard for the law of the land.

It had said that coercive process has to be initiated against liquor baron Mallya as he was facing proceeding­s in several cases and evading appearance in those matters.

The court had also held that Mallya’s plea, that he wanted to return to India but was “incapacita­ted” to travel as his passport had been revoked by Indian authoritie­s, was “malafide” and “abuse of the process of law”.

The court also said that on October 4 it had specifical­ly noted that he could approach authoritie­s and obtain emergency documents to return to India.

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