MEA to invoke treaty to bring Mallya back

MEA to invoke treaty to bring Mallya back

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday asked the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to initiate steps to request the United Kingdom to hand over liquor baron Vijay Mallya to face money laundering probe here.

In a communication to the MEA, the MHA informed the former that a Mumbai special court order allowed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to invoke the India-UK Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) to bring back Mallya to the country.

The special court passed the order on a petition filed by the ED following its investigation against Mallya and his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) for defrauding the IDBI Bank of around Rs 900 crore.

The latest move is in addition to a recent  extradition request sent to the UK, based on a CBI FIR in the same case.

The CBI is probing the default angle while the ED is looking into laundering of the money.

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