India, Dec. 7 -- The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to respond to liquor baron Vijay Mallya petition against the move to declare him a fugitive and confiscate his assets but did not stay the proceedings. Mallya approached the top court this week after the Bombay high court rejected his plea to halt proceedings on November 22.

In September, Vijay Mallya told the Prevention of Money Laundering Act court that "he was not a fugitive economic offender" and not involved in the scheduled offence of money laundering. Mallya on Thursday approached the Supreme Court after the Bombay High Court and PMLA court rejected his plea.

The central agency, which investigates financial crimes, had initiated the proceedings against Mallya after two separ...