The Bengaluru Police on Thursday informed a Delhi court that it had identified 159 properties belonging to liquor baron Vijay Mallya, but had not been able to attach any of them owing to the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) money-laundering case relating to FERA violations.
The Bangalore Police, through the ED, told Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat that it was unable to attach Mallya’s properties as some of them had already been attached by the ED, Mumbai zone, and the remaining assets were part of the liquidation proceedings.
Mallya was declared a proclaimed offender by the court on January 4 for evading its summons.
ED’s special public prosecutor N.K. Matta told the court that the agency needed more time to identify other properties of Mallya which can be attached. The court allowed the agency’s plea and directed the Bengaluru police to file a fresh report by October 11.
The court had on May 8 directed the attachment of Mallya’s properties in the case through the Bangalore Police Commissioner and sought a report on it.