London, May 11: The United Kingdom has conveyed to India that it would assist with the extradition of Vijay Mallya but cannot deport him on the basis of a cancelled passport. India had sought for the deportation of Vijay Mallya after his diplomatic passport had been impounded.
UK in its communication to the Indian government has said that it would assist in the extradition of Mallya who is facing charges of money laundering and defaulting bank loans.
UK however made it clear that it cannot deport him on the basis of the impounded passport. It may be recalled that Mallya's name appears in the electoral rolls in the United Kingdom.
Cannot deport Mallya
India had first suspended Mallya's diplomatic passport and offered him a week's time to reply. However with Mallya failing to reply, the Ministry of External Affairs took a decision to impound his passport.
After his passport had been impounded, India had written to the authorities in the UK to deport Mallya. The Ministry of External Affairs had confirmed that it had written to the UK government for the deportation of Mallya.
With the UK saying no to a deportation but assuring in an extradition process, India will have to provide fresh papers. India would now have to send to the UK the non-bailable warrant issued by a court against Mallya.
However India would await for the directive of the Supreme Court which is seized off this matter.
The banks had gone to the Supreme Court seeking a directive to prevent Mallya from flying out of India. However when the petition was being heard the government submitted that he had already left the country.
The court is now attempting to find a solution to bring Mallya back to India and also ensure that he repays the loan.