A special court in Mumbai on Wednesday issued a non-bailable warrant against fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya, and ordered his arrest. Special Judge MS Azmi took note of a new chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate for alleged money laundering.
The court also issued summons to Mallya’s firms Kingfisher Airlines and United Breweries Holdings Limited. It will take up the matter again on July 30.
Mallya is accused of wilfully defaulting on about $1.4 billion (Rs 9,380 crore) in loans for his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. The Enforcement Directorate filed its first chargesheet against him in June 2017 in the Rs 900-crore IDBI Bank-Kingfisher Airlines loan default case, and has attached assets worth Rs 9,890 crore in the cases against him so far.
The 62-year-old businessman, who has been in the United Kingdom since March 2016, has refused to return to the country and is fighting a number of lawsuits in the two countries. The Central Bureau of Investigation has meanwhile started extradition proceedings against him. The Ministry of External Affairs submitted an extradition request in February 2017 after Mallya made his self-imposed exile clear. A UK court is hearing the Indian government’s plea in the matter.