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Property seizure draconian, Vijay Mallya tells Bombay HC

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Apr 2, 2019, 3:03 am IST
Updated : Apr 2, 2019, 3:03 am IST

The ED, while opposing the petition, argued that the object of the Act was to ensure the return of a person who was evading arrest in India.

Vijay Mallya
 Vijay Mallya

Mumbai: Fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya on  Monday told the Bombay high court that confiscation of his properties under the newly-enacted Fugitive Economic Offenders Act (FEOA) was draconian and would not help the creditors.  

Mallya last month approached the Bombay high court, challenging a January 5 order of a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court declaring him a fugitive economic offender under the FEOA Act.

As per the provisions of the Act, once a person is declared a fugitive, his properties can be confiscated by the prosecuting agency, the Enforcement Directorate (ED).  

Mallya's counsel Amit Desai Monday told a division bench of Justices I.A. Mahanty and A.M. Badar that the ED confiscating the properties would not help the creditors. “Confiscating is draconian. The need of the hour is to deal with the banks and creditors. Mallya does not want the properties to be returned to him. We are only saying that confiscation by the government is not going to solve the problems of the banks and creditors,” Mr Desai said.  

The ED, while opposing the petition, argued that the object of the Act was to ensure the return of a person who was evading arrest in India.

“These proceedings are to ensure that these persons who commit fraud and leave the country are brought back. The moment Mallya returns to India, the provisions of this Act and the process initiated under it shall become null and void,” the ED said.

The bench has posted the petition for further hearing on April 24. However, next hearing on ED’s application seeking permit to start seizure is scheduled for April 8.

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