New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) today wrote to the United Kingdom High Commission in New Delhi, requesting the deportation of beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is facing money laundering charges in India.
“The MEA has written to the British High Commission for his deportation. Similar note verbal will be issued by our High Commission to the UK government,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, adding that there is a Red Corner notice against the 60-year-old businessman.
Mallya’s diplomatic passport – he is also a Rajya Sabha MP – has already been revoked by the government, which is the first step of a deportation.
Last month, Mallya fled to London shortly before the Enforcement Directorate sought a stay from the Supreme Court on him leaving India. On Wednesday, Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi told the apex court that Mallya is a fugitive from law in India.
Earlier this week, the apex court had also directed that details of his, his estranged wife, and children’s overseas assets be given to the consortium of banks, seeking the recovery of the over Rs 9,000 crore loaned to his now-grounded Kingfisher Airlines.
The Supreme Court directive came after Mallya’s lawyer told the court that he won’t come to India to be arrested.
Asking Mallya to indicate the amount he is prepared to deposit before the top court to show his bonafide for a meaningful negotiation with the bank consortium, headed by the State Bank of India, the apex court by its April 7 order had asked him to disclose the details of all his properties – movable, immovable, tangible, intangible, shareholdings – held by him, his wife and children.
Mallya’s now defunct Kingfisher Airline owes the consortium a whopping Rs 9,000 crores, including compound interest over the remaining combined loans of Rs 7,800 crores borrowed between 2004-12 before it was grounded and shut down subsequently.