A Mumbai Special Court on Wednesday ordered former liquor baron Vijay Mallya to appear before the Enforcement Directorate at 11 am on July 29 in connection with the money laundering cases filed against him, reported ANI. The businessman who helmed the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines is in Britain currently.
Special judge PR Bhavake said in the Proclamation Order that Mallya had committed an offence that was punishable under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
Mallya was declared a proclaimed offender earlier this month. According to Indian law, a proclaimed offender is one who is absconding despite an arrest warrant issued against them. The Enforcement Directorate had moved court to have Mallya declared a proclaimed offender as this is a prerequisite for a red corner notice (an international crime alert) to be issued against him.
On June 11, the investigating agency attached properties worth Rs 1,411 crore belonging to Mallya and his company United Breweries.
Mallya is accused of several loan defaulting cases. He owes a consortium of Indian banks Rs 9,000 crore. He left the country on March 2 using his diplomatic passport after stepping down as head of United Spirits.