Mumbai: Mumbai Special Court on Wednesday ordered Vijay Mallya, head of the defunct Kingfisher Airlines, to appear before it on July 29 regarding money laundering cases filed against him. A Special Judge PR Bhavake told Mallya, now in Britain, to appear before him at 11 am on July 29.
In the Proclamation Order published in Mumbai newspapers, Judge Bhavake said Mallya had committed an offence punishable under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
Attempts to serve an arrest warrant on the 60-year-old businessman failed as he “cannot be found” at a care of address of Kingfisher Airlines office in south Mumbai.
The Special Court was satisfied that Mallya had “absconded and is concealing himself to avoid the service of the (arrest) warrant” as per the order.
Mallya, who owes Rs 9000 crore to various banks, may be declared a proclaimed offender if he does not present himself before the PMLA court.
A person can be termed a proclaimed offender in a criminal case probe if the court has reasons to believe that the accused against whom a warrant of arrest has been issued by it, has absconded or is concealing himself so that such warrant cannot be executed.
Mallya left India on a March 2 using a diplomatic passport and is currently in the United Kingdom. The ED has already attached his properties worth about Rs 1411 crore under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in this case.
The Enforcement Directorate is also seeking to invoke the India-United Kingdom Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) to extradite Mallya.