Vijay Mallya has no intention to return: Enforcement Directorate tells Delhi court

The ED had registered a case under now-defunct FERA against Mallya and issued summons, directing him to appear before the agency.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 5, 2016 1:18 am
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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Tuesday told a Delhi court that the conduct of UBL chairman Vijay Mallya shows he has no intention of returning to India.

“The conduct of the accused shows he has no intention to come to India. If he wants to, he can approach the High Commission and get emergency travel documents,” submitted ED lawyer N K Matta before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass. In a statement made during the last hearing, Mallya said despite his “best intentions” to obey the court order, asking him to remain present in court, he was “incapacitated” to travel to India. He also said that he is making all efforts to have the revocation set aside.

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The court had on July 9 cancelled Mallya’s exemption from personal appearance and asked him to appear before court.

There was a provision in law under which Mallya could return, said Matta. In a reply filed in court Tuesday, the ED said, “The accused may visit the nearest High Commission of India and obtain emergency travel document and visit India.”

Mallya’s counsel Ramesh Gupta, however, sought time to seek instructions and therefore the matter got adjourned to November 4.

The ED had registered a case under now-defunct FERA against Mallya and issued summons, directing him to appear before the agency.

It was alleged that Mallya had violated FERA regulations in connection to a transaction with Flavio Briatore of Benetton Formula Ltd based in London.