UK court set to hear Vijay Mallya’s extradition case

RSTV Bureau

Absconding Indian Business man Vijay Mallya will face his extradition hearing in London’s Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday where the Crown Prosecution Service will be arguing the case on behalf of India.

File photo of liquor baron Vijay Mallya. (PTI)

File photo of liquor baron Vijay Mallya. (PTI)

Mallya’s extradition process came to light when he was arrested by the Scotland Yard on fraud allegations early this year.  He was, however, released on bail, within hours of his arrest, as he assured the court to abide by all conditions associated with extradition proceedings, including surrendering his passport.

Despite the extradition treaty signed in 1992, India and U.K managed to extradite only one person named – Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel in October 2016. He was involved in the post-Godhra riots of 2002.

India had given a formal extradition request for Mallya as per the extradition treaty between India and the U.K. through a note-verbal, a diplomatic communication, on February 8.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had said that Mallya’s extradition was stratified by the Secretary of State of the U.K. Government and a warrant would soon be released against him.

Mallya’s defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes more than Rs. 9,000 crore to various banks.