The liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who owes over Rs. 9000 crore to banks in India, has invested nearly half of a Rs 950-crore loan in properties outside India.
He took that loan from IDBI bank. The revelation came during a hearing of a plea by Enforcement Directorate(ED) which sought a non-bailable arrest warrant and a red-corner notice against Mallya.
ED counsel Hiten Venegaonkar told the court:
“We have stumbled upon the money trail and found that of the money he borrowed, a portion had been used to buy a property outside India. Payments of various amounts to companies apparently unrelated to the business were made.”
The agency, which probe financial crimes, approached several countries, including Britain, France and the United States over Kingfisher Airlines’ transactions.
Mallya, who flew from the country in March, ignored three summons by ED to appear for questioning in the case.
The 60-year-old businessman, however, offered to answer its questions through video-conferencing or mail. But the agency said that it was not acceptable as investigations cannot proceed as per the convenience of the accused.
Earlier, Mallya had offered to pay Rs 4,000 crore by September towards settlement of his loan but, it was rejected by the banks.