Reportedly now a former billionaire, the Indian businessman was unable to attend grands prix in 2016 after having his passport revoked amid financial scandals in his native country.
Now, the Indian government is moving to extradite Mallya, 61, from Britain, where his F1 team Force India is based and he now permanently lives.
Reports last year indicated that if Mallya did return to India, he may ultimately be jailed.
So the Times of India and other sources report that an official request was made to the UK high commission for Mallya’s extradition.
“We’ve today handed over the request for extradition of Vijay Mallya”, an Indian government official is quoted as saying.
“We have an extradition treaty with Britain and a legitimate case against Mallya. Now, it’s up to the British authorities to take further action,” the spokesman added.