New Delhi, Mar 10: How did Vijay Mallya leave the country? The Supreme Court was told yesterday that he had left the country probably to London on March 2, the day the Debt Recovery Tribunal was to hear a matter in which a directive to stall payment of money from Diageo was sought.
The other big question is how did he manage to fly out when there was a look out circular issued against him in October?
The LOC was issued by the Central Bureau of Investigation which has also questioned him on two occasions. There now appears to be a total lapse in the manner in which this issue was handled.
How did Mallya leave the country?
When a look out circular is issued against a person he is not supposed to leave the country without the permission of the investigating agency. In this case, Mallya being a Rajya Sabha member should have sought leave of absence from the House before leaving. This procedure has not been followed.
As per the records he was present in the Rajya Sabha a day prior to him leaving the country. The big question now is how did all this miss the eye of the CBI or even the immigration department which is supposed to have a copy of the circular.
An officer with the CBI informed OneIndia that there appears to be a lapse. We will look into it and also get to the bottom of it. There is also a possibility that he may have left in a private aircraft. However the immigration should have known about it.
What the AG said?
The Attorney General of India while making submissions in the Supreme Court said that he should be ordered to appear before the court with his passport.
We are not after his blood, we just want the money taken from the banks back as it is public money, the AG also submitted to the Bench which is hearing a plea seeking a directive against him leaving the country.
Sources say that he may be in London. However there is no confirmation of the same. The CBI and other agencies are working on this issue and trying to track his exact location.