Two Delhi courts on Friday issued non-bailable warrants against UBL chairman Vijay Mallya in connection with two separate cases. While hearing a case of FERA violation, one of the courts said Mallya had “no regard for the law of the land and has no intention to return”.
Mallya has a case registered against him by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for violating the now-defunct FERA rules. The ED in the last hearing had told Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass that the conduct of UBL chairman showed that he has no intention of returning to India.
ED’s counsel N K Matta had then said if Mallya wanted to, he could approach the High Commission and get emergency travel documents. With no instructions from Mallya, his counsel Ramesh Gupta Friday sought that the matter be kept for arguments as his client was not filing any reply.
The court was not impressed with the arguments and said that on an earlier occasion it had noted that Mallya could have obtained travel documents by approaching the nearest High Commission of India in London.
“It reflects upon his (Mallya) bonafide/it appears that he has no intention whatsoever at all to come India/ to submit to the jurisdiction of the court,” the court observed.
The court also took note of Mata’s arguments that Mallya was facing several criminal proceedings and was evading appearance in this court. Not availing the emergency travel documents “clearly” and “unequivocally” showed, the court said, that Mallya’s plea which showed inclination to return, was “laced with malafide and an abuse of process of law”.
“I am of the opinion that it is not the case when the accused was otherwise appearing diligently or absented once or twice. There appears to be no discernible inclination on his part to submit to the jurisdiction of the court,” the court said.
The second non-bailable warrant was issued by another court against Mallya in a cheque bounce case. In August, Metropolitan Magistrate Sumeet Anand had asked Mallya to appear in the court on November 4. It has also asked the Ministry of External Affairs to send a non-bailable warrant to Mallya in London. The Delhi International Airport (DIAL) had moved court after three cheques, each for Rs 7.5 crore, issued by Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines were not honoured. The court Friday asked the MEA and the Minsitry of Home Affairs to execute the warrant.