Liquor baron Vijay Mallya and former IPL boss Lalit Modi figured among the names of 13 fugitives India has submitted to British authorities. Both Mallya and Lalit Modi are facing multi Crore money laundering case, while the former is also facing a whopping loan default case.
The issue of extradition was strongly raised by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju with British Minister of State for Immigration Brandon Lewis at a bilateral meeting here.
Beside, Vijay Mallya and Lalit Modi, other names include cricket bookie Sanjiv Kapur, a home ministry official said. India also sought legal assistance in prosecution of 16 other alleged criminals.
Rijiju asked Lewis not to allow the British territory to be used for anti-India activities by Kashmiri and Khalistani separatists, the official said.
The issue of Vijay Mallya and Lalit Modi led to major protest by the Opposition parties, especially the Congress party.
Earlier too, India had asked Britain to ensure early extradition of Mallya, who is wanted in India in a bank default case involving more than Rs 9000 crore involving his defunct Kingfisher Airlines. Even Prime Minister Modi is learnt to have taken up the issue with his counterpart Theresa May in July this year.
Declared a proclaimed offender by a Mumbai court, the 61-year-old liquor baron has been living in Britain since last year. He was arrested by Scotland Yard last month at India’s request for his extradition but within hours of his arrest, he was released on bail by a London court.
India and the UK signed an extradition treaty in 1992, but so far only one person has been sent back under it.
Meanwhile, former IPL Chairman Lalit Modi is facing a money laundering probe in the T-20 cricket tournament. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has even sought issuance of Red Corner Notice against him.
The former cricket administrator, who is said to be in the UK, has maintained that he has not done any wrong in any of the Indian Premier League (IPL) deals.
(With inputs from PTI)