Mallya has no intention to return to India, observes Delhi court, issues NBW against him

Published: 04th November 2016 04:17 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th November 2016 10:32 PM   |  A+A-

Mallya
By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Trouble seems to be never ending for liquor baron Vijay Mallya with a Delhi court on Friday issuing a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against him for allegedly evading summons in a Foreign Exchange
Regulation Act (FERA) violation case and observed that he has no inclination to return to India.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass held that Mallya's plea that he wanted to return to India but was incapacitated to travel as his passport has been revoked, was malafide and abuse of
the process of law. “He has no inclination whatsoever to come to this court and appear here and he has scant regard for the law of the land. Keeping in view the conduct of the accused, coercive process has to be directed against the accused. Issue non-bailable warrant against the accused. Put up the matter for December 22," the court said.

During the last hearing, the court had asked Mallya to approach the authorities and obtain emergency documents to return to India, but no such step has been taken by him so far. "It appears that the accused is not willing to take any steps to return to India," the CMM observed.

Mallya, who is reportedly in London, had submitted before the court on September 9 that he wanted to come back to India but couldn’t as his passport had been revoked.

The Enforcement Directorate had issued summons to Mallya in connection with an alleged payment of $200,000 to a British firm for displaying the Kingfisher logo in Formula One World Championships in London and some European countries in 1996, 1997 and 1998 and had claimed that the money was paid without prior approval from the RBI in violation of FERA norms.

Meanwhile, another Delhi court too issued a fresh non-bailable warrant against Mallya, in a 2012 cheque bounce case following his non-appearance. Metropolitan Magistrate Sumeet Anand passed the order with the direction that the NBW be executed through the Ministry of External Affairs as the liquor baron is in London and fixed the hearing for February 2017.

The court had on August 6 also issued an NBW against Mallya saying that coercive steps were required to ensure his appearance in a case where he is accused by Delhi International Airport Limited
(DIAL), which operates the capital's IGI Airport, claiming that a cheque for `1 crore issued by Kingfisher Airlines (KfA) on February 22, 2012, was returned to it a month later containing the remarks  "fund insufficient".

DIAL had filed four cases in June 2012 against Mallya over KfA's cheques totalling Rs 7.5 crore not being honoured.

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