New Delhi: The central government was committed to bringing liquor baron Vijay Mallya back to India to face justice, the external affairs ministry said on Friday.
"The government is committed to bringing Vijay Mallya back to face justice. We are considering steps for Mallya's deportation," foreign ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup told the media here.
He said that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had requested the ministry initiate the process of his deportation after a Mumbai court issued non-bailable warrant against him.
"We are currently consulting legal experts on the next steps in this particular matter," Swarup said.
A special court in Mumbai issued an undated non-bailable arrest warrant against the beleaguered businessman on April 18 in response to a plea by the Enforcement Directorate on April 15 under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
Mallya, who owes more than Rs.9,000 crore to various Indian banks, have failed failed to honour ED summons for questioning in various cases pertaining to his loans and allegations of money laundering.