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Don’t behave like Mallya, return to India: HC tells Moin Qureshi

Don’t behave like Vijay Mallya, Delhi High Court on Wednesday told controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi and directed him to return to India by mid-November and appear before the Enforcement Directorate for questioning in a money laundering case against him.  

“Do not behave in a fashion Vijay Mallya did,” Justice A K Pathak said as he turned down a plea of Qureshi, who is in Dubai, for interim protection from arrest or any coercive action by the agency for 15 days.  “Don’t take the line of businessman Vijay Mallya. You have to first appear for questioning. You are not in India. 

This shows that you do not want to appear. First you return to the country and join the questioning,” the court said, adding it was “not inclined to grant any interim order”.  It further said it was not going to restrain the agency from taking any “coercive steps” against Qureshi, who had recently managed to go abroad despite a Lookout Circular (LC) issued against him by the ED. 

“You appear before them (ED). To arrest you or not, is upon them. I am not going to say anything. If you don’t want any coercive steps against you, then go for an anticipatory bail,” the judge said. The court, however, stayed till November 16 the LC issued against Qureshi by ED to detain him at the entry-exit points in India and directed him to appear before the agency on November 22. 

The high court’s direction came on Qureshi’s plea, filed through his daughter Sylvia Qureshi, in which he has sought a restraint on the law enforcement agency from arresting or taking any coercive action once he joins the investigation.  
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