New Delhi: After Britain declined India’s request to deport Vijay Mallya, ED has now sought an Interpol arrest warrant against the liquor baron to make him join investigations in connection with a money laundering probe case.
Officials said the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has written to CBI to obtain a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against Mallya from the global police body. CBI acts as the nodal office for execution of Interpol warrants in India. An RCN is issued “to seek the location and arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition or similar lawful action” in a criminal case probe.
Once the said notice is issued, the Interpol seeks to arrest the person concerned in any part of the world and notifies that country to take his or her custody for further action at their end.
The agency has been wanting to make Mallya join investigations “in person” in the over R900 crore IDBI loan fraud case in which it registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) early this year.
It has virtually exhausted most of the legal options to make Mallya join the probe including issuance of a non-bailable warrant against him from a Mumbai court. ED is also mulling attaching domestic assets and shares worth about Rs 9,000 crore owned by Mallya in this case.
Biennial elections to 57 Rajya Sabha seats, including the one vacated by liquor baron Vijay Mallya, will be held on June 11, the
Election Commission said yesterday. The elections were necessitated as 55 members from 15 states are retiring between June and August.