In a massive blow to Vijay Mallya, the UK High Court judge has issued an order in favour of a consortium of 13 Indian banks, which are fighting to recover funds given to the liquor baron. Mallya has now been left with no option but to pay up as the UK High Court Enforcement Officer has been granted the order to enter his properties at Hertfordshire in London. Also Read - CBI’s Special Investigation Team Probing Vijay Mallya, Takes Over Sushant Singh Rajput Case
The government has been trying to bring Mallya back to India who flew from the country on fraud and money laundering charges worth Rs 9,000 crore. Also Read - India Requests UK Not to Consider Any Asylum Requests by Vijay Mallya, Calls For Early Extradition
The order by Justice Byran stated, “The High Court Enforcement Officer, including any enforcement agents acting under his authority, may enter Ladywalk, Queen Hoo Lane, Tewin, Welwyn and Bramble Lodge, Queen Hoo Lane, Tewin, Welwyn, including all outbuildings of Ladywalk and Bramble Lodge to search for and take control of goods belonging to the First Defendant (Mallya),” Also Read - Vijay Mallya May Escape Extradition to India For Some More Time as UK Government Hints at 'Further legal Issue'
“The High Court Enforcement Officer, including any Enforcement Agent acting under his authority, may use reasonable force to enter the Property if necessary,” it states.
Mallya has the option to appeal to the Supreme Court of the UK. It has to be seen will Mallya be evicted from his property, as banks can exercise it as one of the options to recover their money from Vijay Mallya.
Vijay Mallya has also been summoned by the PMLA court in India on August 27 under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance. If he does not appear before the designated court then he will be declared as a ‘fugitive’ and the Enforcement Directorate will confiscate his properties worth Rs 12,500 crore.
Recently to present his side of the case Mallya tweeted, “It is incorrect that my settlement offer before the Karnataka HC was motivated by the latest chargesheet under the media reported Fugitive Ordinance. I always had honest intentions to settle and there is ample proof.”