Delhi’s Patiala House Court declares Vijay Mallya “proclaimed offender”


New Delhi, Jan 4: Patiala Court on Thursday declared fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya a proclaimed offender (PO) for allegedly evading summonses in a FERA violation case.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Shehrawat passed the order after noting that liquor baron failed to appear before it despite repeated summonses.

“In view that Vijay Mallya failed to appear before this court within 30 days, and no representation was made on his behalf, he is declared as a proclaimed offender,” the court said, news agency IANS reported.

The court order came after Special Public Prosecutor N.K. Matta told the court that the proclamation had been published in local newspapers in English and Kannada.

It has been further submitted that more than 30 days had passed but the accused failed to appear before the court.

The court was hearing the final arguments in the 2000 case relating to reported violation by Mallya of the provisions of erstwhile Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) in arranging funds to advertise his company’s liquor products abroad.

Earlier, the court had allowed the Directorate plea to seek recall of a court order that granted permanent exemption from appearance to Mallya, who faces money laundering charges in India.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) in November 2017 moved an application seeking to initiate proceedings to declare fugitive businessman as a proclaimed offender in the case over alleged violation of foreign exchange rules.

On July 9, 2016, the court had asked Mallya to personally appear before it on September 9, after allowing the ED plea to withdraw the exemption given to him from personal appearance in the case.

The court had on April 12 last year issued an open-ended non-bailable warrant against Mallya.

The agency had issued summons to fugitive businessman over alleged payment of USD 200,000 to a British company for displaying Kingfisher logo during the Formula One World Championships in London and some European countries in 1996, 1997 and 1998.

The agency had claimed that the money was allegedly paid without prior approval from the Reserve Bank of India, in violation of the FERA norms.

Mallya was summoned and tried in the case. He was granted exemption from personal appearance by the Delhi court on December 20, 2000.


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