Hyderabad: A local court in Hyderabad on Monday issued four non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against former UB Group chairman Vijay Mallya who failed to turn up at the hearing in a lawsuit filed by GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL).

GHIAL, which operates Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport had moved the court of XI Special Magistrate in Hyderabad after cheques for 2 crore issued by Mallya’s defunct Kingfisher Airlines Ltd were dishonoured.

The warrants directed the police to produce Mallya and Kingfisher Airlines Ltd chief financial officer A. Raghunathan before it on 29 March, according to The Times of India, which first reported the development.

Mallya, whose company owes banks 9,091 crore and was declared a wilful defaulter, left the country on 2 March.

A lawyer representing Mallya said they would appeal against the NBWs in a higher court.

“Previously also, NBWs were issued and we challenged the orders of lower courts in High Court and have got orders from High Court dispensing with his (Mallya’s) attendance besides from personal appearance for examination," H. Sudhakar Rao, lawyer for Mallya, told Press Trust of India. “Again, we are challenging this order in High Court and (we will) file an application seeking quashing of the order issuing NBW," he added.

Kingfisher Airlines was grounded due to losses and heavy debt. GHIAL took Mallya and executives of Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) to court over non-payment of fees for using the airport’s facilities. Cheques issued by KFA bounced owing to insufficient funds.

A GHIAL spokesperson said the company doesn’t want to comment since the matter is sub-judice.

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