India to press for early extradition of Mallya during Home Secy-level talks

RSTV Bureau

India is expected to press for an early extradition of fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya from the United Kingdom when Home Secretaries of both the countries meet in Delhi today.

File photo of liquor baron Vijay Mallya. (PTI)

File photo of liquor baron Vijay Mallya. (PTI)

Home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi is expected to raise the issue of early completion of the extradition process of Mallya in his meeting with Patsy Wilkinson, the second permanent secretary in the British Home Office.

Issues related to Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, strengthening of the intelligence sharing mechanism and visa related issues will also be discussed during the meeting.

The 61-year-old Vijay Mallya, who has been living in Britain since last year, was arrested by the Scotland Yard last month on the extradition request of India. However Mallya, who is accused of cheating and frauds, was released on bail by a London court immediately.

The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will argue the case on behalf of the Indian authorities.

The defunct Kingfisher Airlines owner allegedly owes more than Rs. 9,000 crore to various banks, had fled India on March 2, 2016.

India and the UK have an extradition treaty, signed in 1992, but so far only one extradition has taken place under the arrangement — Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, who was sent back to India last October to face trial in connection with his involvement in the post-Godhra riots of 2002.