The Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday revoked industrialist Vijay Mallya’s passport.
“Having considered the replies furnished by Shri Vijay Mallya tot he 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 Sri Vijay Mallya under Section 10 (3) (c) and 10 (3)(h) of the Passports Act, 1967, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
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.
A special court in Mumbai issued an undated non-bailable arrest warrant against the beleaguered businessman on April 18 in response to a plea by the Enforcement Directorate on April 15 under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
Mallya, who owes more than Rs.9,000 crore to various Indian banks, has failed to honour ED summons for questioning in various cases pertaining to his loans and allegations of money laundering.