MEA suspends passport; ED seeks non-bailable warrant for Mallya

15 Apr 2016    06:17 pm

 MEA suspends passport;

The government today suspended the diplomatic passport of industrialist Vijay Mallya for a period of four weeks. It also asked Mallya to respond within a week why his passport not be revoked.

Mallya is currently in the United Kingdom even as banks are trying to recover more than Rs 9,000 crore that are owed by his Kingfisher Airlines.

To aggravate Mallya's troubles, the Enforcement Directorate on Friday moved a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act court in Mumbai to obtain a non-bailable warrant against Vijay Mallya for non-compliance of the summons issued by the agency. The hearing is scheduled for tomorrow at 2:30 pm, a highly placed ED source told Business Standard.

Mallya, 60, left India in March and since then has defied requests asking him to return for interrogation. The MEA's 'Passport Issuing Authority' today suspended his diplomatic passport, which he enjoys being a Rajya Sabha member,  with immediate effect on the advice of the Enforcement Directorate.

It was suspended for four weeks under section 10 A of the Passports Act, 1967. MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that Mallya "has been asked to respond within one week as to why his passport should not be impounded or revoked under section 10(3)(c) of the Passports Act, 1967".