Consulting Legal Experts on Mallya’s Deportation: MEA

The ED had approached MEA forboth revocation of Mallya’s passport and his deportation.

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Vijay Mallya at a CCI conference. (Photo Courtesy: <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>)

Ministry of External Affairs 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 IDBI alleged loan fraud case after ED has approached it.

On revocation Mallya’s passport, the MEA, which has “suspended” his passport, said it was examining the reply sent by him while declining to divulge its contents.

That the ministry had been approached by the Enforcement Directorate which informed about the non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Mallya by a Sessions Court in Greater Mumbai.

MEA Spokesperson, Vikas Swarup said a request has been made to initiate steps for Mallya’s deportation, to ensure his presence before the lawful authorities so that the investigation against him can be carried forward.

We are consulting legal experts. Those two actions are underway. The grounds for deportation are primarily two. A non-bailable warrant issued by the Mumbai court and suspension of the passport of the businessman.
Vikas Swarup, Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs

Parallelly, 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.

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