Mumbai-based Anti Money Laundering Court has declared Vijay Mallya a "proclaimed offender," as reported by NDTV. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had pressed the special court for such a ruling as Mallya, despite being sent several summons and issued a non-bailable warrant earlier by the honourable court, remained absconded.
The ED had made a plea for such a declaration citing Section 82 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which will force Mallya to be present for the probe within 30 days of the court order, reported the Financial Express. Also, under Sec 83 of the CrPC, the agency can also proceed further to attach the absconder's property, in case of non-complaince of orders under Sec 82.
"It's an effective step towards securing the presence of Mallya and also one more chance to Mallya to come clean before the court in next 30 days. Failing which all his properties will be attached and sold by government," Hiten Venegaonkar, lawyer representing the ED told the news channel.
The "proclaimed offender" tag will nullify his travel to the U.K. as legal and thereby give ballast to the request for his deportation, said reports. Deportation is considered to be quicker than extradition.
FE added, however, that the agency in a bid to extradite the defaulting businessman from London will also invoke the India-UK Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty. The government cancelled Mallya's passport in April and requested for his deportation from London. However, Britain held that its laws did not allow for deportation but extradition could be considered.
Vijay Mallya was accused of siphoning off a portion of his Rs. 900 crore loan money from IDBI Bank to buy certain assets abroad, the investigation for which needed him in person.