Mallya’s Passport Suspended by Foreign Ministry for 4 weeks
Kingfisher owner Vijay Mallya who is facing investigation on default of Rs 9,000 crore, on 13 April revocation of the passport of liquor baron Vijay Mallya who failed to appear before the agency laundering probe in the Rs 900 Crore IDBI bank loan fraud case. His passport issuing authority in the ministry of external affairs has suspended for period of 4 week under section 10 A of the passports Act, 1967.
Government know that Mallya left the country for the united kingdom on march 2 using a diplomatic passport issued by Delhi RPO to him by virtue of him being sitting At Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament. The investigating Officer (IO) of the case only met with non cooperation which is leading to delay in taking the probe forward.
Under the passport Act, when diplomatic passport got issued to the person who travel international then person should deposit document and if the diplomatic passport is revoked the latter too get cancelled.
Mallya had failed 3 times to appear before Ed IO in Mumbai in connection with the Rs 900 crore IDBI loan fraud case investigating under PMLA. March 18, April 2 and April 9 are the date which Mallya should appear in court but he did not. But he stated that he was unable to appear was because of ongoing legal proceedings going in the supreme court over settlement of loans.
ED has the option to approach a court for non- bailable warrant against Mallya and Interpol to issue a red corner notice. State Bank of India (SBI) has also demanded that Mallya should be personally present at next hearing of case in supreme court on April 26. It is not that government has not doing but circumstances and consequences which lead to helpless against Vijay Mallya.