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Court adjourns order on ED's application to declare Mallya fugitive

Last month, Mumbai special PMLA court had rejected Mallya's plea seeking a stay on hearing of ED's application to declare him a fugitive

Vijay Mallya  |  Crime  |  Enforcement Directorate


Vijay Mallya
File photo: Vijay Mallya arrives for a case management hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court in London (Photo: PTI)

special Prevention of Act (PMLA) court has adjourned the order on the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) application seeking to declare liquor baron a fugitive offender.

The order has been adjourned till January 5, as the special judge is not ready with his order.

Last month, special court had rejected Mallya's plea seeking a stay on hearing of ED's application to declare him a fugitive. The decision from the judicature had come after five parties, including a family member of Mallya, sought court dossiers with regard to the ED seeking to get declared a fugitive economic offender under the new .

The special courts, under the new law, have a right to declare a person a fugitive economic offender. The courts can order immediate confiscation of the offenders' properties and other assets. A fugitive economic offender is a person against whom an arrest warrant has been issued for committing a scheduled offence and who has left to avoid criminal prosecution, or being abroad, refuses to return to to face criminal prosecution.

is also facing money-laundering charges in the United Kingdom after initiated extradition proceedings against him. Both, ED along with have filed several cases for alleged loan default against him.

On November 22, the United Kingdom High Court issued an order asking Mallya to pay a hefty amount of GBP 88,000 to UBS Investment Bank, which had issued GBP 20.4 million in the mortgage loan for his property, and ruled in favour of UBS to take possession of Mallya's palatial Cornwall Terrace home.

The Westminster Magistrates Court in on December 10 ordered the extradition of Mallya to India, who is facing charges of loan default to the tune of Rs 90 billion. Mallya left India in 2016, following which, the initiated extradition proceedings against him. The matter of Mallya's extradition has now been referred to UK's Secretary of State.

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First Published: Wed, December 26 2018. 17:35 IST