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Vijay Mallya Running Out of Options As MEA Revokes Passport

The MEA revoked Vijay Mallya’s passport under Section 10(3)(c) and 10(3)(h) of the Passports Act, 1967.

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Liquor baron Vijay Mallya says that he is being made the “poster boy” of all bad loans. (Photo: Reuters)

The Ministry of External Affairs(MEA) revoked Vijay Mallya’s passport on Sunday.

The ministry was previously examining the response provided by the liquor baron through his lawyer to the showcause notice, asking why his passport should not be impounded or revoked.

Having considered the replies furnished by Shri Vijay Mallya to the showcause notice, facts brought by Enforcement Directorate, and Non Bailable Warrant under the PMLA Act, 2002 issued by Special Judge, Mumbai, the MEA revoked the passport of Shri Vijay Mallya under Section 10(3)(c) and 10(3)(h) of the Passports Act, 1967.
Official Statement from MEA

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had sought the revocation of Vijay Mallya’s passport on grounds of non-cooperation with investigators probing a criminal case against him, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) at its zonal office in Mumbai. The ED has written to the MEA to take action under the Passport Act, 1967.

Mallya had thrice failed to appear before the ED Investigating Officer (IO) in Mumbai n connection with the Rs 900 crore IDBI loan fraud case, which the central probe agency is investigating under PMLA.

Sources have already indicated that once the deportation proceedings are initiated, the government will seek the assistance of the United Kingdom to interdict Mallya and fly him back to India. They said:

The grounds for deportation are primarily two. A non-bailable warrant issued by the Mumbai court and suspension of the passport of the businessman.

Mallya had left India on 2 March.

(With inputs from PTI)

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