NEW DELHI: Adding to liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s woes, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has sent a detailed communication, along with legal inputs, to the Interpol, which had recently sought some “clarifications” from it before notifying an arrest warrant against him. Mallya is wanted in a money laundering case emerging from an alleged Rs 900 crore bank loan fraud.
According to officials, the money laundering probe agency has told Interpol that it has followed all legal procedures for seeking a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against him. It has also said that orders were issued by the courts after hearing the counsels of the ED and Mallya, officials added.
The ED has told the global police body that issuance of RCN against Mallya was “obligatory” on the part of Interpol as all due legal processes have been followed by Indian probe agencies to seek such a warrant against him and ensure justice to the banks.
It has also informed Interpol that the agency is seeking a proclaimed offender status against Mallya from a competent court. A decision in this regard is expected from a Mumbai court on Monday. Earlier, Interpol had asked the ED to provide certain detailed information on the legal processes undertaken by the agency in the case.
The RCN was sought sometime back by the investigating officer of the case to make the businessman join the probe into the `900-crore IDBI loan fraud. An RCN is issued “to seek the location and arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition or similar lawful action” in a criminal case probe.