MUMBAI: According to the sources, the Enforcement Directorate of India (ED) has requested the Ministry of External Affairs to revoke the diplomatic passport of liquor baron Vijay Mallya in connection with its money laundering probe in the Rs 900 crore IDBI bank loan fraud case.
The ED has approached the External Affairs Ministry, after Mallya had denied his presence before the investigating agency for the third time. “He was given quite a number of chances. But this time, we are not going to tolerate. The investigation will not move any further if he does not appear before us”, an officer from the Enforcement Directorate said.
In its letter to the Central Government, the ED has asked the External Affairs Ministry to revoke the diplomatic passport issued to Vijay Mallya under the Passport Act, 1967, as he remained ‘un cooperative’ in its investigation.
Mallya, has left the country on March 2nd to UK using his diplomatic passport, issued to him by virtue of him being a member of the parliament in Rajyasabha. Once the application of the Enforcement Directorate gets the MEA’s nod, the Indian embassy in UK will request the UK government for Mallya’s deportation to India.
Though Mallya suggested that his legal team will help the ED in taking the case forward, the agency denied the same saying that his presence is very important as he is the main accused person in the case.
Earlier, the Supreme court of India has directed Vijay Mallya to disclose all assets owned by him and his family in India and abroad by April 21.