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Not asked to take any action against Vijay Mallya: MEA

Yesterday, AG Mukul Rohatgi had told the Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and R F Nariman that Mallya left the country a week back as per the CBI input.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: March 10, 2016 10:02 pm
vikas swarup759 File photo of MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup

Amid a war of words between the government and opposition over his sudden ‘disappearance’ from the country, External Affairs Ministry on Thursday said it has not been asked to take any action against liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is facing legal proceedings for alleged loan defaults by his group to the tune of over Rs 9000 crore.

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“As far as Vijay Mallya is concerned MEA has not been asked to take any action,” MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

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He was asked if the ministry was taking any action against Mallya, who has left the country, as per the Attorney General’s submission in the court on Wednesday.

Asked about reports that Mallya was in the UK, the spokesperson said, “We cannot comment on that beyond what the Attorney General said in court.”

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Yesterday, AG Mukul Rohatgi had told the Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and R F Nariman that Mallya left the country a week back as per the CBI input.

The bench issued notice to Mallya and sought his response within two weeks on pleas filed by a consortium of banks seeking direction for freezing his passport and his presence before the apex court.

Since the court was informed that Mallya has already left the country, probably for UK, the bench allowed the plea of AG that the notice to him can be served through his official Rajya Sabha Email ID, Indian High Commission at London and also through counsel representing him before various high courts, Debt Recovery Tribunal and also through his Company.

Asked about India recently approaching the Interpol with its demand for an early notification of the Red warrant sought by the ED against Lalit Modi, the former IPL Chairman, in connection with its money laundering case, Swarup said,”We have yet to receive the request from the Enforcement Directorate. As soon as that comes, we will immediately take action.”

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  1. W
    Mar 10, 2016 at 5:49 pm
    There is a price tag for everything. President - 25 crores. PM - 150 crores. MPs - 3 crores each. RAWHIDE - 5 crores. IBHIDE-5 crores. BJP party fund - 50 crores. Opposition party (Congress) fund - 25 crores. And there is a price for citizens too- MIDDLE FINGER IN THEIR MOUTH.
    1. R
      Mar 10, 2016 at 5:16 pm
      He escaped in RAW's own jet to Cayman island.
      1. I
        Mar 11, 2016 at 12:16 am
        MEA has all the time to flirt with the AZZOLES of citizens even with the slightest suion but no time to take any action on Mallaya. Sushma Swaraj has all the time to visit Liechtenstein to transfer black money to its banks and convert into white money.
        1. M
          Mar 10, 2016 at 5:34 pm
          Why should they take action against a crook....The easy way is to bail-out pubic sector Banks by giving them "crores" and yet our farmers continues to commit suicide...Aache din anna wale hain is now proving right for some....
          1. M
            Mar 10, 2016 at 7:57 pm
            Some should be out there as living monumnet to remind people of UPA!
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