New Delhi, April 25: It is end of good days for the liqor baron-Vijay Mallya. His unsatisfying answers have triggered the MEA off, which has revoked his passport and has appointed the ED to work on his extradition from Britain if their government refuses to do so.
Ministry of External Affairs, Vikas Swarup has said, "Having considered the reply furnished by Vijay Mallya to the show cause notice, facts got by Enforcement Directorate and non-bailable warrant under the PMLA Act, 2002, issued by special judge, Mumbai, the MEA has revoked the passport of Vijay Mallya."
The ED had moved the foreign ministry on Thursday to secure Mallya's deportation for alleged money laundering. The government is set to follow high standards in seeking his extradition if the British authorities do not give a positive response.
The ED has decided to issue a red corner notice to the baron so that his movement is restricted and the British government is bound to comply with the extradition process initiated by India.
A high-level government official said, "He is an Indian citizen and the complaint against him is by an Indian entity for a crime which happened here. All these make his case a fit one for extradition."
Possibly, a way to prove itself, the government's take on Mallya will set an example of the BJP government's intolerance toward willfull tax evaders.