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The Service Tax Department’s application to extradite Vijay Mallya from the U.K. and Kingfisher Airlines Ltd.’s former Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Aggarwal from the U.S. has been accepted by the Mumbai Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, the department’s special counsel told sources on Friday.

“The Esplanade metropolitan magistrate’s court has issued a non-bailable warrant against Mallya, to be executed through the Ministry of External Affairs, and also an extradition order,” said Service Tax Department counsel Advait Sethna.

The department had moved the court to recover more than Rs 50 crore worth of service tax which Kingfisher Airlines had collected from passengers but did not deposit with the government.

The Service Tax Department had issued a notice to the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines for dues of Rs 87.5 crore in 2011-12. The airline collected service tax from passengers but did not deposit it with the Department, it said.

“Mallya and Kingfisher CEO Sanjay Agarwal admitted the demand, but the company did not pay up the dues,” said Sethna. The department then moved the court for issuance of an NBW and an extradition order.

Mallya owes over Rs 100 crore to the department as of now, he said.

Mallya’s counsel Amit Desai said he was aware of an outstanding warrant against the UB Group chairman but he had not received any confirmation that the department’s extradition application had been accepted by the court.

In April 2016, a special court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act cases too had issued an NBW against Mallya, while in January this year a CBI court issued an NBW against the beleaguered liquor baron in an IDBI loan default case.