New Delhi: Vijay Mallya could be returning to India soon. The beleaguered businessman has moved a trial court, seeking to reverse the decision to revoke his passport and expressing interest to return to India. Mallya has told the court that he wants to return to India, but his passport has been revoked.
The diplomatic passport of the 60-year-old industrialist was suspended on April 15 by the External Affairs Ministry on the recommendation of the Enforcement Directorate. ED has approached the MEA seeking initiation of deportation proceedings against liquor baron Mallya charged with money laundering.
Mallya, who has been in London since March 2, when he first left the country, had his diplomatic passport revoked by the government. The move was made when the government was pulling out all stops to get Mallya deported back to India.
His counsel deposed in the court that Mallya had clear intention to cooperate but it had become impossible to travel back to the country, says media report.
Mallya had, in April said that he had no plans of coming back to India and had sought a "reasonable" settlement with Kingfisher Airlines' lenders. His passport was revoked in March this year. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup had tweeted: “Having considered the replies filed by Shri Vijay Mallya to the show cause notice, facts brought by Enforcement Directorate, and Non Bailable Warrant under the PMLA Act, 2002 issued by Special Judge Mumbai, the MEA revoked the passport of Shri Vijay Mallya under Section 10(3)(c) and 10(3)(h) of the Passports Act, 1967.”
Kingfisher Airlines owes over Rs 6,000 crore plus interest and penalties to its consortium of 17 lenders, led by State Bank of India (SBI).