The judiciary is tightening its noose around Vijay Mallya after the businessman got his fourth non-bailable warrant on Saturday. Mallya, who is currently residing in the UK, left India on March 2. India has revoked the tycoon’s passport and has termed him a willful defaulter.On May 11, Britain told India that it cannot deport Mallya, who owes more than Rs 9,000 crore to a clutch of 17 banks, but could consider an extradition request for him. The extradition could happen under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) signed in 1992 between India and the UK.Here are the four non-bailable warrants issued against Mallya:
March 10 – GMR Cheque Dishonour CaseVijay Mallya received a non-bailable warrant from a Hyderabad court after he failed to be present in court in connection with alleged dishonour of a cheque of Rs 50 lakh to GMR Hyderabad International Airport.The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court issued the warrant against the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines, its chairman Vijay Mallya and another senior official of the company
According to the GMR counsel, a total of 17 cases have been filed against KFA over outstanding amount of Rs 22.5 crore owed to GMR.
April 20 – IDBI Loan Fraud CaseThe Enforcement Directorate issued a non-bailable warrant under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against the liquor baron in the IDBI loan fraud case.
Mallya ignored three summons of the ED in the case and has been accused of diverting Rs 430 crore from the Rs 900 crore Kingfisher Airlines borrowed from the lender and using that to buy properties abroad. The flamboyant businessman left India on March 2, after a consortium of banks approached the Supreme Court seeking its intervention to recover Rs 9,000 crore that they claim he owed them.
July 16 – Kingfisher Airlines’ Cheque Bounce Case A Mumbai court issued a non-bailable warrant against Mallya in a case related to the bouncing of two cheques worth Rs 107 crores handed out to the Airport Authority of India by Kingfisher Airlines in 2012. The AAI filed two cases of cheque bouncing against Kingfisher and six others including Mallya in the Andheri metropolitan court.
July 25 – Service Tax Case
In a relief to Mallya, a Mumbai court refused to issue a non-bailable warrant to Vijay Mallya in a 2012 case of non-payment of dues amounting to Rs 32 crores, which the airlines admitted to have collected from passengers.
August 6 – DIAL Cheque Bounce Case
A Delhi court issued non-bailable warrant against Vijay Mallya and said it was inevitable for the state machinery to intervene and ensure his presence. The trial court had summoned Mallya as accused following a complaint by DIAL claiming that a cheque for Rs 1 crore issued by KFA bouncing in 2012.
DIAL had filed four cases in June 2012 against Mallya over KFA’s cheques totalling Rs 7.5 crore not being honoured