The controversial businessman Vijay Mallya’s passport was suspended by the Modi government on Friday, as a first step seeking his deportation. He will soon be slapped with a non-bailable warrant as being accused of money laundering.
This move came after he dodged the probe and as a center’s attempt to bring him back to face the proceedings for defaulting back loans. Acting at the instance of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the ministry of external affairs (MEA) has suspended Mallya’s passport for four weeks.
Mallya has been give a week’s time to report, if he fails this time too then MEA will move to cancellation of his travel documents, if they find the explanation unsatisfactory. ED has already approached a court in Mumbai dealing with Vijay Mallya’s case for non-bailable warrant, which could further strengthen the government’s case in his deportation.
Mallya owes Rs 9,432 crore to a SBI-led consortium of 13 public sector banks. Congress has targeted the government of being lenient with the so called “big sharks”. The government has denied, and has toughened its stand against the businessmen and is working to bring him back.