New Delhi: Liquor baron Vijay Mallya has been tracked to his country house on the outskirts of London, according to Times Now.
Locals confirmed about Mallya’s presence at his country home in Tiwen village, the news channel reported. Guards at the country home objected to the presence of media personnel and asked the Times Now crew to move away. Mallya’s staff also refused to comment on the issue.
The government had on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that the industrialist had left the country on March 2. The court then issued notice to Mallya and KFA, among others, while allowing the banks to service the notice through the Indian mission in London.
“The top priority for authorities was to make Vijay Mallya return and disclose his assets, most of which are abroad, failing which proceedings for revocation of his passport may be initiated as was done in the case of former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi,” attorney general Mukul Rohatgi said reacting to the proceedings in the apex court on Wednesday.
He said the issue of recovering over Rs 9000 crore from him would be a long-drawn legal process.
“First option is to ask him to appear and, if he does not, then we can initiate proceedings for revocation of his passport. Once his passport is revoked, then technically a person does not have any right to reside anywhere else…then the country where the person is, forces him to go back to the country from where he has come,” he told a private news channel.
State Bank of India and other banks had moved the Supreme Court on Tuesday with a plea to prevent Vijay Mallya from leaving the country and getting his passport impounded.
The SBI had also approached the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) seeking his arrest in a bid to recover loans to Kingfisher Airlines.
Meanwhile, TOI has learnt that the banks’ decision to move the Supreme Court unsuccessfully on Wednesday to secure the presence Vijay Mallya was a tad late.
The SBI, one of the lenders now chasing down Mallya, had in fact met a senior counsel in Delhi, Dushyant Dave, on February 28, a Sunday, and he had advised the bank to “take action immediately the next day” and move court to restrain any travel plan.
When contacted by TOI, Dave on Wednesday confirmed that SBI had come to him through a law firm, Dua Associates, “on a Sunday” and that he had suggested urgent action be taken by moving the Supreme Court, high court or even the Debt Recovery Tribunal for an injunction on foreign travel by asking for impounding his passport, if necessary. But he said his advice proved futile. The bank did not take immediate steps and Mallya is believed to be in London now.