India has asked the United Kingdom to deport Vijay Mallya, the owner of the now-grounded Kingfisher Airlines, wanted for money laundering and financial mismanagement.
“As of today [Thursday] the MEA has written to the High Commission of the United Kingdom in Delhi requesting deportation of Shri Vijay Mallya from the United Kingdom. The High Commission of India (in the U.K.) will also issue a similar note verbale on the case. We shall pursue the matter with the United Kingdom,” said Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
The MEA cancelled Mr Mallya’s passport last week after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) asked the ministry to initiate steps to > bring back Mr. Mallya who owes more than $1 billion to banks and creditors in India. Mr. Mallya who flew out in the first week of March has not returned since even as law enforcement authorities and banks have been demanding for his return.
Soon after the cancellation of Mr Mallya’s passport, news agencies had reported that his name has appeared on the electoral rolls of the U.K. However, officials pointed out, that appearance of his name on the roll does not necessarily mean that Mr. Mallya has stealthily acquired British citizenship.