Mallya denies defying ED summons

NEW DELHI JULY 3. The United Breweries chairman and Rajya Sabha MP, Vijay Mallya, today denied allegations that he had been defying the Enforcement Directorate's summons in connection with the alleged remittance of about $ 3 million to Britain without permission from the Reserve Bank of India in 1995.

Mr. Mallya, who appeared before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, rebutted all the accusations insisting that he had been co-operating with the investigating agency all through the probe.

When the ACMM asked him whether it was correct that he had been summoned by a chief enforcement officer for his appearance on September 27 along with his passport and documents relating to the remittance of foreign exchange to Britain and that he had refused to comply, Mr. Mallya denied the charge saying that he had received the summons after the due date for appearance, yet his office responded to the summons despite his not being in India.

To another query, he said he had appeared before the Special Director, K.R. Bhargava, on a show cause notice. After hearing the main case of FERA violation, Mr. Bhargava had discharged him and his company of all the allegations framed by the Directorate.

However, the ACMM had on May 15 dismissed Mr. Mallya's application for discharge in the non-compliance case, which the accused had requested on the ground of his discharge in the main case.

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