ED seeks to declare Vijay Mallya a proclaimed offender

The Enforcement Direct-orate (ED) yesterday moved a special PMLA court in Mumbai seeking to declare liquor baron Vijay Mallya a proclaimed offender in connection with its money laundering probe against him in an alleged bank loan fraud case.

Officials said the agency has made a plea to the court to issue an order under Section 82 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and term him a proclaimed offender, as Mallya has “multiple” arrest warrants pending against him including a non-bailable warrant (NBW) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

They said the court may pronounce its order on the ED plea on June 13. “There are multiple arrest warrants pending against Mallya in various cases like that of cheque bounce and he is also wanted in a money laundering case,” they said, adding the agency has moved the same anti-money laundering court in Mumbai in this regard which had earlier issued an NBW against him.

A person can be termed a proclaimed offender in a criminal case probe if the court has reasons to believe that the accused against whom a warrant of arrest has been issued by it, has absconded or is concealing himself so that such warrant cannot be executed.

As per Section 82 of the CrPC, the court can publish a written proclamation requiring such an accused to appear at a specified place and at a specified time in not less than 30 days from the date of publishing of such a proclamation.

Mallya had left India on March 2 using his diplomatic passport. The agency has registered a money laundering case against Mallya and others based on an FIR registered last year by the CBI.

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