Mumbai: A magisterial court in Mumbai issued Friday a non-bailable arrest warrant and an extradition order against businessman Vijay Mallya in a service tax default case.
The court also issued a non-bailable warrant against Sanjay Agarwal, former chief executive of Mallya-owned, and now grounded, Kingfisher Airlines Ltd.
“The Esplanade metropolitan magistrate’s court has issued a non-bailable warrant against Mallya, to be executed through the Ministry of External Affairs, and also an extradition order,” said service tax department counsel Advait Sethna. Mallya owes over Rs100 crore to the department as of now, he added.
India has an extradition treaty with the UK (where Mallya is believed to be staying) and therefore the court’s order can be executed by the concerned authorities, the lawyer said.
The service tax department had issued a notice to Kingfisher Airlines for dues of Rs87.5 crore in 2011-12. The airline collected service tax from passengers but did not deposit it with the department, it said.
“Mallya and Kingfisher CEO Sanjay Agarwal admitted the demand, but the company did not pay up the dues,” said Sethna. The department then moved the court for issuance of an non-bailable warrant and an extradition order.
In April 2016, a special court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act cases too had issued an arrest warrant against Mallya, while in January this year a CBI court issued an non-bailable warrant against the beleaguered liquor baron in an IDBI loan default case.