British government has denied India’s request to deport the liquor baron, Vijay Mallya, but is ready to assist with his extradition.
In a statement released today, the Ministry of External Affairs said, “The UK Government has informed us that under the 1971 Immigration Act, the UK does not require an individual to hold a valid passport in order to remain in the UK if they have extant leave to remain as long as their passport was valid when leave to remain or enter the UK was conferred.”
“At the same time the UK acknowledges the seriousness of the allegations and is keen toassist Government of India. They have asked GoI to consider requesting mutual legalassistance or extradition,” NDTV quoted the MEA statement.
India had written to the British High Commission in Delhi seeking Mallya’s deportation to India.
“The ministry has written so that Vijay Mallya’s presence can be secured for investigations against him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002,” the MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup had said.
Mallya is facing several charges of money laundering and defaulting on bank loans worth over Rs 9,000.
He’s currently being wanted by the Enforcement Directorate.
The flamboyant businessman had flown to London on 2 March, and has ignored a series of orders to return to face investigators and banks. India had formally requested for his deportation on 29 April.