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I want to come to India, but passport revoked: Vijay Mallya
Vijay Mallya has sought an exemption from his personal appearance in court claiming that he wants to come to India but is unable to travel back as Indian authorities have revoked his passport. The court is hearing a case against him for violating foreign exchange laws in 2000.

Mallya is facing trial for allegedly evading summons in connection with a FERA violation matter. Appearing for Mallya, senior advocate, Ramesh Gupta made the submission before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate. Last month, the court directed him to appear before it while cancelling the exemption from personal appearance granted to him.

"Mallya was living in London at that time (when passport was revoked in April 2016) and he has been a permanent resident of London since three decades. It is humbly submitted that ever since he has been staying in London he is not in possession of requisite documents which could possibly enable him to come back to India," reads the exemption application filed by Mallya.

His counsel submitted a copy of an email sent by Mallya, stating that his passport was suspended on April 23, 2016 without giving him any opportunity of being heard and requested the court that he be given some time to secure his appearance.

In an email to his lawyers on Sepetmber 9, Mallya said, "I have the utmost respect for the judge's authority and towards the Judicial system of India. However, in given circumstances, despite my best intentions to obey the learned judge's order I find myself incapacitated to travel to India at this moment even though I am making all efforts to have the said revocation of my passport set aside."

"He (Mallya) has clear intention to cooperate but it has become impossible to travel back to the country," Mallya's counsel told the court.

The court has put up the case for further hearing on October 4 as Enforcement Directorate (ED) told the court that Mallya is already evading proceedings in several other cases and it required time to reply to his plea.

Mr Mallya has been declared a wilful defaulter in India on account of the nearly 1 billion dollars owed by his defunct Kingfisher Airlines. Last week, a Mumbai court issued a non-bailable warrant for the arrest of Mallya and defunct Kingfisher Airlines' chief executive Sanjay Agarwal.

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