The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said that it is consulting legal experts to explore the option of deportation of Vijay Mallya in connection with money laundering probe against the liquor baron in the Rs 900 crore alleged IDBI loan fraud case after the Enforcement Directorate approached it.
On revocation of the passport of Mallya, whose Kingfisher Airlines has allegedly defaulted on loans of over Rs 9,000 crore, the Ministry of External Affairs, which has “suspended” his passport, said it was examining the reply sent by him.
As the ministry has been approached by the Enforcement Directorate which informed about the non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Mallya by a Sessions Court in Greater Mumbai, the official spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup said that a request has been made to initiate steps for the deportation of Mallya to ensure his presence before the lawful authorities to proceed with investigation against him.
Now “we are consulting legal experts,” he said. He said that ED has approached MEA forboth revocation of Mallya’s passport and his deportation. “Those two actions are underway,” he said.
Simultaneously, the ministry was also examining the response provided by Mallya through his lawyer to the show-cause notice asking why his passport should not be impounded or revoked, he said.
Sources had already indicated that once the deportation proceedings are initiated, the government will seek assistance of the United Kingdom to interdict Mallya and fly him back to India.
“The grounds for deportation are primarily two. A non-bailable warrant issued by the Mumbai court and suspension of the passport of the businessman,” they said. Mallya is understood to be in the United Kingdom after he left India on March 2.