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Mallya could be 15th MP to be expelled from Parl

MEA has written to British High Commission seeking his extradition

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Publish Date: Apr 28 2016 12:22PM | Updated Date: Apr 29 2016 11:54AM

Mallya could be 15th MP to be expelled from Parl

 If liquor baron Vijay Mallya is expelled from Parliament, he will be 15th Member of Parliament to face such action. 

Before him, fourteen MPs, including one for over a year, have been expelled from Parliament (both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha) since 1951.
These  MPs also include Subramanian Swamy, and ex-PM Indira Gandhi, who was expelled from Lok Sabha in November 1977 but her motion of expulsion was later withdrawn by the House.
Indira was expelled for harassment, intimidation and instituting false cases against some officials, who were collecting information to answer a question in the House. 
Swamy, who took oath as member of Rajya Sabha couple of days back, was expelled from the Upper House in 1976 after a panel found his conduct not according to the dignity of the House. 
Then Lok Sabha member HG Mudgal was first to be expelled from lower House in 1951, for allegedly accepting money for favours in Parliament.
Eleven MPs, including one from RS, were expelled in 2006 after the 'cash-for-query' sting operation by a news channel in 2005.
Expulsion of Mallya was suggested by the ethics committee of Rajya Sabha, headed by senior Congress leader Karan Singh, last week. The panel, however, decided to give Mallya a week to explain his conduct.
"We have examined issue related to Mallya's case. Documents that we had sought from banks have also come. There was a view in panel that he should be expelled from the House. But still we have decided to give him a week's time to explain to us whatever he has to say. The next meeting of the committee has been fixed on May 3, when final decision will be taken," Singh had told reporters after the meeting last Friday.
In the meantime, Ministry of External Affairs has written to the British High Commission seeking the extradition of liquor baron Vijay Mallya.
Move comes days after the ministry revoked the diplomatic passport of Mallya after he failed to turn up for a probe into a Rs.9,000 crore default of loans from Indian banks.
Mallya is currently in Britain.