The Ministry of External Affairs has written to the British High Commission seeking the extradition of liquor baron Vijay Mallya, ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said on Thursday. The move comes days after the ministry revoked the diplomatic passport of Mallya after he failed to turn up for a probe into a Rs.9,000 crore default of loans from Indian banks.
Mallya is currently in Britain.
Four days after MEA revoked the liquor baron's passport, ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, "The ministry has written to the High Commission of the UK in Delhi requesting the deportation of Vijay Mallya so that his presence can be secured for investigations against him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002."
He further said that Indian High Commission in the UK will also be issuing a similar note verbale to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
"Mallya's passport was revoked last week in view of these (PMLA) investigations and non-bailable warrant issued by the Special Judge, Mumbai. We will continue to pursue this matter with UK authorities," Swarup added. Earlier this week, a consortium of banks on Monday alleged in the Supreme Court that Vijay Mallya, who has been in United Kingdom, is not ooperating in the investigation of cases lodged against him and was averse to disclosing foreign assets.
Further, in the rejoinder to the affidavit filed by the beleaguered businessman, the consortium said that disclosure of overseas assets by him and his family is significant for recovering the dues.
Last month, Mukul Rohatgi told the Supreme Court citing CBI sources that Mallya had left the country on 2 March.
After many years of dilly-dallying it was 8 March that 13 banks moved the Supreme Court seeking to block Mallya from leaving the country. The banks were worried that he may leave the country without repaying the huge amount of loan as he expressed his wish to move to the UK last week.
Mallya announced his intention to shift to the UK in a statement issued after his deal with Diageo to step down from the chairmanship of United Spirits, a company he sold to the UK major three years back. He was to get Rs 515 crore or $75 million from Diageo as severance package.
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With inputs from Agencies