India revokes Vijay Mallya’s Passport

Vijay Mallya's company Kingfisher Airlines owes over Rs. 9,400 crore to scheduled banks.

Government today revoked chairman of Kingfisher Airlines Vijay Mallya’s passport. Enforcement Directorate has recommended to Ministry of External Affairs to initiate the proceedings for deportation of Vijay Mallya.

In a tweet, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said on Sunday: “After having considered replies by @TheVijayMallya, MEA revokes his passport under S.10(3)(c) & (h) of Passports Act.”

A Mumbai court had already issued non-bailable warrant against Mallya wanted in several cases of bank loan default.

Mallya has already ignored three summonses issued by the Enforcement Directorate, seeking time till May to appear before the agency.

MEA took action under Section 10 of the Passports Act: Vikash Swarup

MEA took action under Section 10 of the Passports Act: Vikash Swarup

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.

During a weekly briefing on this Friday, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup has confirmed that the ministry had received a communication from the enforcement directorate about a non bailable warrant issued against Mallya by a PMLA court in Mumbai.

He had said that MEA also received Mallya’s request for not impounding or revoking his passport and was consulting legal expert on the issue.

MEA had suspended Mallya’s diplomatic passport on April 15 this year.

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