The United Kingdom on Tuesday declined India’s request to deport liquor baron Vijay Mallya who is facing allegations of defaulting bank loans of over Rs 9,400 crore.
According to reports, United Kingdom informed about its inability to deport Mallya through a note verbale to the High Commission, stating Mallya has been staying there on a valid U.K. visa.
A non-resident Indian, Mallya has a U.K. residency permit since 1992. The Indian government has been told that though his passport has been cancelled, he has been staying there on a valid U.K. visa.
Thus, U.K. can consider India’s request only under the 1993 treaty with India or any other necessary assistance under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) signed in 1992.
The message from U.K. says “can’t deport Vijay Mallya over invalid passport, consider requesting mutual legal assistance or extradition.”
After revoking diplomatic passport of Mallya on April 24, India had written to the British High Commission in Delhi seeking Mallya’s deportation to India.
Mallya had earlier claimed that he is willing to return to India. But had also warned that revoking his passport or arresting him will not mean that he will return the loan amount.