SC is­sues no­tice to ED on Mallya’s plea

■ Mallya chal­lenges the on­go­ing pro­ceed­ings to de­clare him fugi­tive eco­nomic of­fender

The Hitavada - - NATION -

THE Supreme Court on Fri­day is­sued no­tice to the En­force­ment Direc­torate (ED) on in­dus­tri­al­ist Vi­jay Mallya’s plea chal­leng­ing the on­go­ing pro­ceed­ings in a Mumbai court to de­clare him as a fugi­tive eco­nomic of­fender.

A bench com­pris­ing Chief Jus­tice Ran­jan Go­goi and Jus­tice S K Kaul sought the probe agency’s re­sponse on the plea.

The ED moved the spe­cial court seek­ing to de­clare the Lon­don­based in­dus­tri­al­ist a fugi­tive eco­nomic of­fender un­der the Fugi­tive Eco­nomic Of­fender Act 2018. The apex court is­sued no­tice on Mallya’s plea but re­fused to stay pro­ceed­ings be­fore the Mumbai spe­cial court.

The Bom­bay High Court re­cently dis­missed Mallya’s ap­peal. The in­dus­tri­al­ist has filed an ap­peal against the high court or­der. Un­der the pro­vi­sions of the Act, once a per­son is de­clared a fugi­tive eco­nomic of­fender, then the pros­e­cut­ing agency has the pow­ers to con­fis­cate the ac­cused per­sons’ prop­er­ties.

The spe­cial court had on Oc­to­ber 30 re­jected Mallya’s ap­pli­ca­tion, fol­low­ing which the liquor baron ap­proached the High Court.Mallya’s coun­sel had told the divi­sion bench that his pleas should not be mis­un­der­stood as a ploy to run away from pro­ceed­ings. “We are also anx­ious to clear dues and to see to it that cred­i­tors get their dues back. We don’t want prop­er­ties to be seized by the En­force­ment Direc­torate, which would then ham­per process of clear­ance of dues,” his coun­sel had said.

The High Court, how­ever, had said it was not in­clined to grant any re­lief.

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