Mallya's extradition: India awaits ED's advice


Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-05-12 19:08 New Delhi: With Britain refusing to deport liquor baron Vijay Mallya to India on the grounds that he has valid documents to stay in the country, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said that it would initiate the next steps on the advice of the Enforcement Directorate. MEA official spokesperson Vikas Swarup's reaction came as the Enforcement Directorate moved the Interpol to issue a red-corner notice against Mallya. Addressing the media here, Swarup said the Ministry of External Affairs through the High Commission in London sent a note verbale to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK on April 28 requesting for assistance in facilitating Mallya's return to India following the revocation of his diplomatic passport. "The UK Government informed us via a note verbale dated the 5th of May that under the Immigration Act, 1971, the UK does not require an individual to hold a valid passport in order to remain in the UK if they have extent leave to remain as long as their passport was valid when leave to remain or enter the UK was conferred," said Swarup. "Such leave is granted to the individual and, therefore, does not automatically expire upon the cancellation or expiry of the passport in which it is endorsed," he added. Swarup said the FCO further stated that the UK Government acknowledges the seriousness of the allegations against Mallya and is keen to assist the Government of India. "It has also been suggested that the Government of India could make a request of mutual legal assistance or extradition. The FCO has said that the Crown Prosecution Service would be willing to discuss the key issues to consider with our High Commission," said Swarup. "So, we now await the advice of the Enforcement Directorate on the next steps," he added. The Enforcement Directorate has approached the Interpol to issue a red corner notice against the absconding former UB group chairman, who is also wanted by the banks for defaulting around Rs. 9,000 crore. A Delhi court had earlier on Tuesday issued a notice to Mallya on the Enforcement Directorate's plea and sought his response by May 20. The Enforcement Directorate had last month obtained a non-bailable warrant against Mallya from a Mumbai court in a money laundering case. (ANI)