Money laundering case: Mallya arrested in UK for the second time

SansadTV Bureau

File photo of Vijay Mallya. (PTI)

Businessman and liquor baron Vijay Mallya was arrested in a second money laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate. The 61-year-old businessman was granted bail soon after his arrest, when he appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London.

Mallya is currently out on bail, also in an extradition warrant executed by the Metropolitan Police earlier this year.

“Vijay Mallya has been arrested on money laundering charges and will be appearing in court today,” a CPS spokesperson said before Mallya appeared in court.

The case is being probed by the ED and the central probe agency has already filed a charge sheet against him and others in a Mumbai court.

The CPS will be arguing the case against Mallya on behalf of the Indian government.

Chief Magistrate Emma Louise Arbuthnot has been hearing Mallya’s extradition case at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on his previous arrest warrant executed by Scotland Yard in April.

Mallya’s trial in that case is scheduled for two weeks, starting December 4.

The embattled businessman, who has been based in the UK since he fled India in March last year, is wanted in India for his erstwhile Kingfisher Airlines’ default on loans worth nearly Rs 9,000 crore.

It remains to be seen if both cases will be clubbed together, which may lead to a delay in the trial date.

Mallya had been arrested by Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant on behalf of Indian authorities on April 18.

(With inputs from agencies)