Court orders attachment of Vijay Mallya’s properties

Directs police to complete it by July 10.

March 23, 2019 10:19 pm | Updated 10:47 pm IST - New Delhi

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Indian businessman Vijay Mallya speaks to the media during a break in his extradition ruling at Westminster Magistrates Court on December 10, 2018 in London, England. India is seeking to extradite Mr Mallya from Britain to face criminal action over loans taken out by his defunct Kingfisher Airlines and debts amounting to £1.1 billion pounds, which Indian authorities say Kingfisher owes. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Indian businessman Vijay Mallya speaks to the media during a break in his extradition ruling at Westminster Magistrates Court on December 10, 2018 in London, England. India is seeking to extradite Mr Mallya from Britain to face criminal action over loans taken out by his defunct Kingfisher Airlines and debts amounting to £1.1 billion pounds, which Indian authorities say Kingfisher owes. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

A Delhi court has ordered attachment of liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s properties in Bengaluru in a case relating to FERA violations.

Chief metropolitan magistrate Deepak Sherawat issued fresh directions after the Bengaluru police, through Enforcement Directorate’s special public prosecutor N.K. Matta and advocate Samvedna Verma, sought more time to execute its earlier order in this regard.

The court directed the State police to attach the properties by July 10, the next date of hearing.

The Bengaluru police had earlier informed the court that it had identified 159 properties belonging to Mr. Mallya, but had not been able to attach any of them.

Proclaimed offender

Mr. Mallya was declared a proclaimed offender by the court on January 4 last year for evading its summons in the case.

The court had on May 8 last year directed the attachment of Mr. Mallya’s properties in the case through the Commissioner of Bengaluru police and sought a report on it. It had declared Mr. Mallya a proclaimed offender for evading summons in a Foreign Exchange Management Act (FERA) violation case after noting that he had failed to appear despite repeated summonses.

It had on April 12, 2017 issued an open-ended non-bailable warrant (NBW) against the liquor baron.

Unlike a non-bailable warrant, an ‘open-ended NBW’ does not carry a time limit for execution.

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