Mallya gets bail, but the extradition process begins

Vijay Mallya
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Liquor baron Vijay Mallya gets bail from the Westminster Magistrates’ Court today within hours after his arrest by the Extradition Unit of Scotland Yard. India files an extradition request for Mallya for defrauding banks over 900 crores….reports Asian Lite News

Vijay Mallya

Indian officials, on condition of anonymity told Asian Lite that the process is now will intensify to extradite the beleaguered baron. There is a coordinated activities with several Indian departments with their British counterparts to make Mr Mallya to face charges back in India. The charges include money laundering.

Mallya’s extradition was a hot topic on agenda when British Prime Minister Theresa May visited India in November 2016. The issue was raised during a press conference in Bangalore. As a former Home Secretary, Mrs May is aware about the case and her stand on fraud and money laundering will create hurdles for Mr Mallya to stay in London  without facing charges.

According to British extradition procedure, India’s request was certified by British Home Secretary Amber Rudd on February 21 and sent to the Westminster Magistrates court for issuing a warrant of arrest. It was executed today.

The Home Secretary is recently taken several initiative to make London clean from financial crimes like fraud, money laundering and corruption. She is taking tough stance on cases related to financial crimes.

The news of Mallya’s arrest and his appearance in court was the second most Tweeted story in London after the snap election called by Mrs May.

A press statement by London Metropolitan Police said: “Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Extradition Unit have this morning, Tuesday 18 April arrested a man on an extraction warrant. Vijay Mallya, 61 (18/12/1955), was arrested on behalf of the Indian authorities in relation to accusations of fraud. He was arrested after attending a central London police station, and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court later today, 18 April.”

There has been only one extradition since India signs a treaty with UK in 1992 to extradite fugitives hiding in Britain.  Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel was extradited in October 2016 in a case related to the 2002 Gujarat riots.

 

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