Govt requests UK high commission for Vijay Mallya’s deportation

The ministry of external affairs has written to the UK high commission requesting liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya’s deportation for “investigations under the prevention of money laundering act”, the government said on Thursday.

The Supreme Court said on Tuesday details of Mallya’s assets would be shared with the banks chasing him over Rs 9,000 crore in unpaid loans, despite his protestations the information should be kept private.

The 60-year-old liquor baron, who is being pursued by a group of mostly state-run lenders over loans made to his collapsed carrier Kingfisher Airlines, left India on March 2 and is believed to be in Britain.

The move comes days after the government revoked Mallya’s passport after he failed to appear before investigators over a separate probe into the misuse of funds at Kingfisher Airlines.

A court has issued an arrest warrant for Mallya after he did not turn up for questioning at the Enforcement Directorate, a financial crimes agency which is seeking his extradition.

That agency’s probe relates to loans which IDBI bank made to Kingfisher Airlines, despite allegedly knowing it was suffering financial troubles, and whether money was siphoned off — a charge Mallya’s UB Group denies.

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