MEA receives communication regarding revocation of Mallya's passport

MEA receives communication regarding revocation of Mallya

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-04-14 10:01 New Delhi: TheMinistry of External Affairs (MEA) has reportedly received communication from the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which has sought revocation of liquor baron Vijay Mallya's passport in connection with its money laundering probe. According to informed sources, further steps are being taken in consultation with the ED and Legal Affairs Department against Mallya, who is wanted by the law enforcing agencies for a default of over Rs. 9, 000 crores. Earlier today, the Enforcement Directorate sought revocation of Mallya's passport. In a written communication to the MEA, it has sought action against the liquor baron under the Passport Act. The Enforcement Directorate had earlier issued summons to Mallya for "personal appearance" on March 18 under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Following Mallya's request seeking extension, the Enforcement Directorate issued a fresh summons to the liquor baron, asking him to appear before it on April 2 in the money laundering case. Mallya claimed that the banks gave him loans after evaluating all aspects and asserted that he is not trying to evade the law enforcement agencies. Mallya is understood to have taken shelter in the United Kingdom on a diplomatic passport. (ANI)