The Interpol has sought details from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in its case against Vijay Mallya, chairman of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines who is facing a probe related to alleged money laundering in India.
This after the ED requested the Interpol to issue a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against Mallya on May 12 after the UK government informed India that it cannot deport Mallya as per British laws, but could consider an extradition request for him.
A RCN is issued to arrest and extradite offenders to the country where they are wanted.
According to ED sources, the agency has already replied to the Interpol and submitted details sought by the agency.
“The Interpol has not expressed any views on the issue of RCN against Mallya so far. It has only sought some details from the agency and we have replied to the queries raised by the Interpol,” said ED sources.
A senior CBI official said the Interpol refers all cases pertaining to issue of RCN to its commission which gives a hearing to the alleged accused before deciding the case.
“In this case the Interpol commissioner will have to hear Mallya before the agency decides on the ED request of a RCN against him,” said the official.
Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines is alleged to have defaulted on bank loans of over Rs 9,400 crore. The company is under the scanner of multiple investigating agencies in the country.