India asks UK to deport Vijay Mallya

CRIMmallyaThe Indian government has asked the UK to deport Vijay Mallya as part of an investigation into money laundering. Last week authorities in India revoked his diplomatic passport after a court issued a warrant for his arrest.

Mallya, an MP in the Indian parliament is the former head of Kingfisher Airlines. He is said to have debts of some $1 billion. A consortium of banks and creditors demanded the $75 million that he was blocked from receiving by the government be used to settle his outstanding debts. The monies were payment for the sale of Diageo in 2012.

He left India in March and is believed to be in the UK. He denied any wrongdoing saying he is an international businessman who had to travel.

He said he was the victim of a ‘media witch hunt’.