After revoking liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s passport for non-cooperation with investigators and ignoring three summons by the Enforcement Directorate, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday began process of his deportation from the UK.In a letter to the UK High Commission in Delhi, the Ministry formally requested for Mallya’s deportation. At the same time, the Indian High Commission in UK also issued a note verbale to the UK foreign and commonwealth office, seeking cooperation, so that tycoon’s presence can be secured for investigations. Both the notes said the courts have issued a non-bailable warrant against Mallya, who was facing loan default and money laundering charges under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup also emphasised that India will continue pursuing Mallya’s deportation matter with the UK authorities. The government has already revoked his passport, as first step towards his deportation. The formal request to UK authorities is the second step in line to seek his presence in India. The industrialist flew to London on March 2, and has ignored a series of orders.Mallya, 60, started Kingfisher Airlines in 2003, which collapsed in 2012 insists that he is not absconding, because he has spoken via video-conference to a consortium of 18 banks on different occasions.The Enforcement Directorate is looking at whether Mallya used part of a loan to purchase properties abroad. A Mumbai court has issued an arrest warrant for him linked to this charge. Separately, the CBI is determining how public sector banks supplied large loans with virtually no cover to his airline. Mallya, can now approach the British authorities to grant him permission to continue his stay in that country. The government here had earlier this week informed the Supreme Court that it would soon initiate court proceedings and approach the British government to get him extradited.

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MEA seeks deportation of Mallya from UK