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Failure of diplomacy: Oppn attacks govt as UK refuses to deport Mallya

The British government’s denial to hand over businessman Vijay Mallya has invoked sharp political reactions in India. The Opposition has slammed the NDA government over its failure to bring back Mallya who has defaulted Rs 9000 crore in banks loans.

india Updated: May 11, 2016 12:12 IST
HT Correspondent
Mallya fled to London on March 2 as the pressure on him to return money mounted.
Mallya fled to London on March 2 as the pressure on him to return money mounted. (PTI)

Opposition parties on Wednesday slammed the NDA government after the British government told India it cannot deport businessman Vijay Mallya, who is facing an arrest over allegations of defaulting bank loans of over Rs 9,400 crore.

The UK government’s response came nearly a fortnight after India made a request for the deportation of Mallya, whose Indian passport was revoked in a bid to secure his presence for investigations against him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002.

Mallya fled to London on March 2, as the pressure on him to return the money mounted.

Here is what senior leaders of various political parties had to say on the NDA government’s failure to get the liquor baron:

Read more: UK won’t deport Vijay Mallya, FM Jaitley says not surprised

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said : Well, there are a lot of people in this government who would be relieved. After all, they had facilitated his escape to the UK. If this government would have wanted to retain Vijay Mallya, they would not have allowed him to escape in the first place. All these are pro-forma actions are nothing but bolting the stable door after the horse has fled.

CPI(M) politburo member Md Salim told HT that it is a failure of diplomacy. “The government is only busy doing PR in foreign shores. When Modi went to UK, the BJP-RSS had organized so many people to chant his name. Why can’t those people voice their demands and put public pressure on the UK government to return Mallya? This incident clearly shows where we actually stand in diplomacy. This government did no homework to bring Mallya. They must now build up a strong case.,” he said.

BJD’s Lok Sabha floor leader Bahrtruhari Mahtab said, “I would suppose this can be a big. I think India has very good relations with government. All pressure must be applied to get him back. He is a fugitive. His passport has already been revoked. But UK’s decision to reject Mallya’s deportation is clearly a loss of face for the government.”

The UK government’s response came nearly a fortnight after India made a request for the deportation of Mallya, whose Indian passport was revoked in a bid to secure his presence for investigations against him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002.