Mallya, redux

All that talk of how Vijay Mallya, that modern day Scarlet Pimpernell, cleverly evaded the long arm of the law?

The Central Bureau of Investigation had prior knowledge that businessman Vijay Mallya, who is facing charges of defaulting on a Rs.900-crore loan from IDBI Bank, was to board a London-bound flight at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here on March 2.

Airport sources said the Immigration department had on the afternoon of March 2 intimated the CBI that Mr. Mallya was to board the flight. It is learnt that he arrived at the airport around 1 p.m. for the flight that was scheduled to take off at 1.45 p.m.

Even now, there is no restriction on Mr. Mallya’s foreign visits. Therefore, legally, he is allowed to go abroad. He is a non-resident Indian and has to remain abroad for at least 183 days every year to retain the status. He has a 10-year British business visa.

Hey, we didn’t catch him because no one — in government, in opposition, in law enforcement — wanted to catch him. So enough with the pretense already.

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