A special court on Monday granted fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya three weeks to file a reply to Enforcement Directorate’s application seeking him to declare him a fugitive economic offender under the new Fugitive Offenders law. Now as per the court’s order, Mallya has to reply to ED’s notice by September 24. The Court accepted his lawyer’s argument that without getting all the exhibits along with the notice they will not be in a position to file their reply on ED’s application.
During the hearing, ED argued that no more time can be given to Mallya. On this Mallya’s lawyer contended that he had not received some of the notices despite him having shared his Mauritius address with the ED, as per ANI.
The same court had issued a notice to Vijay Mallya to appear it on August 27 after the Enforcement Directorate charged Mallya under the new law as it enlarged its money laundering probe against him and others in a Rs 9,000 alleged bank fraud case.
The central probe agency has also sought confiscation of assets worth Rs 12,500 crore of Vijay Mallya.
FUGITIVE ECONOMIC OFFENDERS BILL 2018
The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 – prescribes measures to deter fugitive economic offenders from evading prosecution by staying abroad, was passed in the Parliament in July.
The Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha on March 12. It seeks to confiscate properties of economic offenders who have left the country to avoid facing criminal prosecution.