New Delhi: The Patiala Court on Thursday ordered attachment of Vijay Mallya’s Bengaluru properties, in a case relating to FERA violations against him. The court was hearing an Enforcement Directorate (ED) plea seeking attachment of Mallya’s properties. Also Read - Smart City Index 2020: Indian Cities Drop in Global Smart City Index; Singapore On Top
Recently, the liquor baron had stoked a controversy by saying that he did not flee the country with public funds instead he offered a settlement deal to the government. Mallya had said, “I met the finance minister to settle matters before I left. The banks had filed objections to my settlement letters.” But later he clarified his statement saying that he did not have any formal meeting with the Union finance minister Arun Jaitley. Also Read - WHAT? Bus Passenger Uses Pet Python as 'Face Mask', Wraps It Around His Neck & Mouth
It is to be noted here that the Delhi court had on January 4 declared Mallya a proclaimed offender for evading summons in a FERA violation case after noting that he failed to appear before it despite repeated summonses. It had on April 12 last year issued an open-ended non-bailable warrant against the liquor baron. (Read: Vijay Mallya’s plea rejected by Supreme Court in foreign exchange rules)
On November 4, 2016, while issuing a non-bailable warrant against Mallya, the court had observed he had no inclination to return and had scant regard for the law of the land.
It had said that the coercive process has to be initiated against Mallya as he was facing proceedings in several cases ad avoiding an appearance in those matters.
The court had also held that Mallya’s plea that he wanted to return to India but was “incapacitated” to travel as his passport had been revoked by Indian authorities was “malafide” and “abuse of the process of law”.
Mallya, who is reportedly in London, had submitted before the court on September 9 that he was “incapacitated” to travel despite “best intentions” as his passport had been revoked.
According to the ED, Mallya was summoned on four occasions for questioning in connection with the contract signed in December 1995 with London-based firm Benetton Formula Ltd for the promotion of the Kingfisher brand abroad.
When Mallya failed to appear before ED in response to the summons, a complaint was filed on March 8, 2000, before a court and later charges were framed against him under FERA.
The 62-year-old embattled businessman, who has been on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April last year, is also fighting extradition to India on charges of alleged fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore.
(With PTI inputs)