The Ministry of External Affairs of Thursday wrote to the High Commission of the United Kingdom in Delhi requesting the deportation of businessman Vijay Mallya. This is to ensure his presence in India during the investigation of the money-laundering case against him, ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. He added that the Indian High Commission in the UK will also approach the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and that the ministry will “continue to pursue this matter with the United Kingdom authorities”.
On April 24, the ministry revoked Mallya’s passport after consulting legal experts. The 60-year-old, who is involved in a slew of legal issues, was directed by the Supreme Court to share details of the overseas assets owned by him and his family with the consortium of 17 banks who have said his company Kingfisher Airlines defaulted on loans worth Rs 9,000 crore. Earlier, Mallya had earlier refused to furnish the information, claiming that as a non-resident Indian, he was not obliged to disclose the details.