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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) will likely seek Interpol’s cooperation to have liquor baron Vijay Mallya deported to India, similar to how gangster Chhota Rajan was brought back after he was arrested in Indonesia last year.
A non-bailable warrant (NBW) was issued by a Mumbai court against Mallya on April 18, opening the doors for the ED to seek a Red Corner Notice (RCN) – the global police body’s alert that facilitates arrest anywhere across the world and subsequent detention. However, the NBW itself cannot be implemented as Mallya left India a month ago. The 60-year-old businessman left India on March 2 as creditor banks closed in on him to recover a Rs 9,200-crore debt owed by Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) Limited, Mallya’s defunct airline company.
Mallya, a Rajya Sabha MP, ignored three summons to appear before the ED, leading to the external affairs ministry suspending his diplomatic passport and threatening to revoke it unless Mallya responded within a week. Mallya had earlier sought time till May to join the investigations, posting on Twitter that he wasn’t on the run and would abide by the law. He had also offered to pay Rs 4,000 crore by September to settle the loan, an offer the banks rejected. His current whereabouts are unknown, though it is believed he left for the UK.
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