Fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya on Monday informed the Bombay high courtroom that confiscation of his houses underneath the newly-enacted Fugitive Economic Offenders Act (FEOA) changed into draconian and might no longer assist the lenders.
Mallya remaining month approached the Bombay high court, challenging a January five order of a unique Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court docket maintaining him a fugitive economic offender under the FEOA Act.
As in step with the provisions of the Act, once someone is asserted a fugitive, his homes may be confiscated using the prosecuting company, the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Mallya’s recommend Amit Desai Monday instructed a division bench of Justices I.A. Mahanty and A.M. Badar that the ED confiscating the houses might no longer assist the lenders. “Confiscating is draconian. The need of the hour is to deal with the banks and creditors. Mallya does now not want the houses to be returned to him. We are only pronouncing that confiscation with the aid of the authorities is not going to remedy the problems of the banks and creditors,” Mr. Desai stated.
The ED, while opposing the petition, argued that the object of the Act changed into to make inevitable the return of someone who turned into evading arrest in India.
“These complaints are to make sure that those people who devote fraud and depart the united states are brought again. The second Mallya returns to India, the provisions of this Act and the manner initiated below it shall become null and void,” the ED said.
The bench has published the petition for further hearing on April 24. However, next hearing on ED’s software seeking to allow to start seizure is scheduled for April 8.