In more trouble for Vijay Mallya, a Delhi court on Saturday issued a non-bailable warrant against liquor baron Vijay Mallya in four cheque dishonour cases filed by Delhi International Airport Private Limited (DIAL) in 2012. DIAL operates Indira Gandhi International Airports (IGIA) in the capital. Metropolitan Magistrate Sumeet Anand Passed the order for bringing Mallya in court on November 4, with the direction that the non-bailable warrant be sent to him by Ministry of External Affairs as he is reportedly in London.
The court noted that despite repeated orders, Mallya did not appear in the court and it was inevitable for the state machinery to intervene and ensure his presence.
On May 11, Britain told India that it cannot deport Mallya, who owes more than Rs 9,000 crore to a clutch of 17 banks, but could consider an extradition request for him. The extradition could happen under the 1993 treaty or any other necessary assistance under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) signed in 1992 between India and the UK.
Here are the four non-bailable warrants issued against Mallya:
GMR Cheque Dishonour Case (March 10 )
Vijay Mallya received a non-bailable warrant from a Hyderabad court after he failed to be present in court in connection with alleged dishonour of a cheque of Rs 50 lakh to GMR Hyderabad International Airport. According to the GMR counsel, a total of 17 cases have been filed against KFA over outstanding amount of Rs 22.5 crore owed to GMR.
IDBI Loan Fraud Case (April 20 )
The Enforcement Directorate issued a non-bailable warrant under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against the liquor baron in the IDBI loan fraud case. Mallya ignored three summons of the ED in the case and has been accused of diverting Rs 430 crore from the Rs 900 crore Kingfisher Airlines borrowed from the lender and using that to buy properties abroad.
The flamboyant businessman left India on March 2, after a consortium of banks approached the Supreme Court seeking its intervention to recover Rs 9,000 crore that they claim he owed them.
Kingfisher Airlines’ Cheque Bounce Case (July 16 )
A Mumbai court issued a non-bailable warrant against Mallya in a case related to the bouncing of two cheques worth Rs 107 crores handed out to the Airport Authority of India by Kingfisher Airlines in 2012. The AAI filed two cases of cheque bouncing against Kingfisher and six others including Mallya in the Andheri metropolitan court.
Service Tax Case (July 25)
In a relief to Mallya, a Mumbai court refused to issue a non-bailable warrant to Vijay Mallya in a 2012 case of non-payment of dues amounting to Rs 32 crores, which the airlines admitted to have collected from passengers.
DIAL Cheque Bounce Case (August 6)
A Delhi court issued non-bailable warrant against Vijay Mallya and said it was inevitable for the state machinery to intervene and ensure his presence. The trial court had summoned Mallya as accused following a complaint by DIAL claiming that a cheque for Rs 1 crore issued by KFA bouncing in 2012. DIAL had filed four cases in June 2012 against Mallya over KFA’s cheques totalling Rs 7.5 crore not being honoured.
The grounded airline had issued the cheques towards payment for services availed by them at the IGI airport in the national capital. Mallya, Chairman of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines, is facing action after defaulting on over Rs 9,000-crore loan from 17 banks.
Late July, he had skipped appearance before a PMLA court in Mumbai in connection with a money laundering probe against him in alleged bank loan fraud case. Mallya had left the country in March and is currently said to be in the UK.
Several cheque bounce cases have been filed against Mallya.