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First look out circular against Vijay Mallya for ‘detention at airport’ was not sustainable in law: CBI

Realising the need for correction in the notice, the agency wrote to immigration authorities to change it from seeking Mallya's detention to informing the CBI whenever he was travelling abroad.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: September 18, 2018 20:34 IST ]

Vijay Mallya - File Pic

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday said that the first Look Out Circular (LOC) against fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya for his detention at the airport was not sustainable in law, news agency PTI reported.

The premier investigation agency added that the LOC needed correction as there was no warrant against him at that time.

The PTI report quoted its CBI sources as saying that the agency had no grounds to arrest Vijay Mallya on November 24, 2015 when he returned from London on the basis of LOC issued on October 16, 2015 calling for his detention.

The first circular needed modification as Mallya had been cooperating with the agency, the evidence were still being collected, he was a sitting MP and there was no warrant against him, the sources told PTI.

Realising the need for correction in the notice, the agency wrote to immigration authorities to change it from seeking Mallya's detention to informing the CBI whenever he was travelling abroad.

The corrected look out circular was issued on November 24, 2015 and even after the issuance of the notice, Mallya continued to provide documents and answer questions of the investigating team, they said.

He appeared for questioning thrice and made foreign trips four times after the new LOC was issued, they said. 

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