Lalit Modi snub, ED weighs Vijay Mallya options


The Enforcement Directorate is divided over its next steps and is weighing its options after Vijay Mallya ignored three summons to appear before the agency, and is preparing a foolproof case for seeking revocation of his diplomatic passport.

ED, which wants to question Mallya in connection with loans given to Kingfisher Airlines, is contemplating asking the Mumbai court to issue a non-bailable warrant against him or issue summons to ensure his presence in court. The agency has sought ..

The agency has sought legal opinion on the matter and may approach the Mumbai court in the next couple of days, a government official told ET.

The development comes a day after ED wrote to the ministry of external affairs to revoke Mallya’s diplomatic passport. This time the agency is being careful because it wants to avoid a repeat of the Lalit Modi case, when a court overturned MEA’s revocation of the former Indian Premier League commissioner’s passport.

Mallya, who is wanted for questioning in connection with Rs 900 crore of loans taken from a consortium of banks led by IDBI BankBSE 0.65 %, left for the UK on March 2.

ED first summoned Mallya to appear on March 18 and set a fresh date of April 2 after he sought more time. The businessman again sought time till May but the agency extended the deadline only by a week to April 9. Mallya, in his communication to the agency, claimed that he has already given statements to the Central Burea ..

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