In a major blow to liquor baron Vijay Mallya. In a major move the Ministry of External Affairs on revoked industrialist Vijay Mallya’s passport. “Having considered the replies furnished by Shri Vijay Mallya tot he 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 Sri Vijay Mallya under Section 10 (3) (c) and 10 (3)(h) of the Passports Act, 1967, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
Mallya has ignored three summonses issued by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), seeking time till May to depose before the agency. The ED alleged that Mallya had diverted Rs 430 crore of an IDBI loan and used the money to acquire properties abroad, a charge denied by Kingfisher.
Earlier this week, Swarup had said that a request has been made to initiate steps for the deportation of Mallya to ensure his presence before the lawful authorities to proceed with investigation against him.
Mallya has been asked to respond within a week as to why his passport should not be impounded or revoked, MEA had said earlier this month. “If he(Mallya) fails to respond within stipulated time it will be assumed he has no response to offer and MEA will go ahead with revocation”, MEA had warned.
The Ministry had suspended the diplomatic passport of Mallya earlier this month on the recommendation of Enforcement Directorate (ED) after he failed to appear before the agency thrice.
Mallya is understood to be in the UK after he left India on March 2. Read more: Mallya’s troubles to worsen for not disclosing assets on SC order. A special court in Mumbai issued an undated non-bailable arrest warrant against the beleaguered businessman on April 18 in response to a plea by the Enforcement Directorate on April 15 under the Prevention of Money Laundering case.