The Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday announced that it has revoked the passport of Vijay Mallya, the wanted boss of Kingfisher Airlines, starting the process of bringing him back to India.
“Having considered the replies filed by Shri Vijay Mallya to the show cause 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,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
Mallya has ignored three summonses issued by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), seeking time till May to depose before the agency.
The ED alleged that Mallya had diverted Rs 430 crore of an IDBI loan and used the money to acquire properties abroad, a charge denied by Kingfisher.
Earlier this week, Swarup had said that a request has been made to initiate steps for the deportation of Mallya to ensure his presence before the lawful authorities to proceed with investigation against him.
Sources had already indicated that once the deportation proceedings are initiated, the government will seek assistance of the United Kingdom to interdict Mallya and fly him back to India.
“The grounds for deportation are primarily two. A non-bailable warrant issued by the Mumbai court and suspension of the passport of the businessman,” they said.
Mallya is understood to be in the UK after he left India on March 2.