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Vijay Mallya has no intention to return to India: ED

The ED's Public Prosecutor Navin Matta requested Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass to reject Mallya's plea for exemption from personal appearance before the court.
Vijay Mallya, Kingfisher

Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday told a Delhi court that Beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya can obtain emergency travel document to visit India and can face a case of alleged violation of foreign exchange rules against him.

Mallya, however, has no intention to return to India and his passport was revoked due to his own conduct, the Enforcement Directorate told the court.

The ED’s Public Prosecutor Navin Matta requested Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass to reject Mallya’s plea for exemption from personal appearance before the court.

“…the accused (Mallya) may visit the nearest High Commission of India and obtain an emergency travel document and visit India on the basis authorised travel document obtained from the High Commission of India,” Prosecutor Matta told the court.

On September 9, Mallya, who is currently in London, sought exemption from personal appearance in court and said he is unable to return to the country and face trial in a case of alleged violation of foreign exchange rules as the Indian authorities had suspended his passport.

The court court on July 9 asked Mallya to personally appear before it on September 9, after allowing the Enforcement Directorate (ED) plea to withdraw the exemption given to him from personal appearance in the case.

Mallya’s counsel Ajay Bhargava moved a plea seeking exemption from his personal appearance and told the court that his client is living in London. The court has fixed the matter for November 4 for further hearing.

Mallya, according to Enforcement Directorate, allegedly paid $200,000 to a British firm for displaying the Kingfisher logo in the Formula One World Championships in London and some European countries in 1996, 1997 and 1998.

The directorate had claimed that the money was allegedly paid without prior approval from the Reserve Bank of India, in violation of FERA norms.

Mallya was summoned and tried in the case. He was granted exemption from personal appearance by the Delhi court on December 20, 2000.

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