A week after the Enforcement Directorate attached assets worth Rs 6,630 crore of liquor baron Vijay Mallya in connection with the money laundering probe, the UB chairman on Friday told a Delhi court that he wants to return to the country, however, he is unable to come as the Ministry of External Affairs has revoked his Indian passport.
In April 2016, the diplomatic passport of the 60-year-old industrialist was suspended on April 15 by the External Affairs Ministry on the recommendation of the Enforcement Directorate.
Mallya made the submission through his counsel before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in a case lodged for allegedly evading summons in connection with a FERA violation matter.
On July 9, the court had cancelled the exemption from personal appearance granted to him and had directed him to appear before it.
In his application moved through senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, Mallya requested the court that some time be given so that his appearance can be secured.
According to media report, the counsel submitted the copy of an email sent by Mallya, stating that his passport was suspended on April 23, 2016, without giving him any opportunity of being heard.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED), however, told the court that Mallya is already evading proceedings in several other cases and sought time to reply to the plea moved by him today.
Vijay Mallya is on the hook for more than Rs 9,000 crore after defaulting on loans to the defunct Kingfisher Airlines BSE 3.03 %, which was founded by him.
The Enforcement Directorate also want to question him over accusations of money laundering. Mallya, who has been abroad since March, has denied any wrongdoing and said he has been trying to reach a settlement with the banks.