Indian fugitive business tycoon Vijay Mallya can be extradited to India in the coming days “anytime” as all the “legal process” has been completed, top sources in the government said on Wednesday.
India has been in touch with the British government over extradition of fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya after he exhausted legal options against New Delhi’s request to the UK to extradite him.
The spokesperson said the issue holding up Mallya’s extradition was confidential and details could not be revealed.
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“However, there is a further legal issue that needs resolving before Mallya’s extradition can be arranged. Under United Kingdom law, extradition cannot take place until it is resolved. The issue is confidential and we cannot go into any detail,” a spokesperson for the British high commission said.
Mallya is accused of defrauding a consortium of Indian banks by close to Rs 9,000 crore and faces charges of money laundering and criminal conspiracy among others.
Mallya had availed loans from 17 Indian banks for the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines and is accused of diverting it to pay for other businesses including the formula 1 team he had bought. Indian courts have declared him a fugitive and authorities have attached his various properties in an effort to recover the money owed to the banks. Mallya had fled India on 2 March, 2016.
The UK top court’s decision marked a major setback to the 64-year-old businessman as it came weeks after he lost his High Court appeal in April against an extradition order to India.
Mallya has been based in the UK since March 2016 and remains on bail on an extradition warrant executed three years ago by Scotland Yard on 18 April, 2017.
The High Court verdict in April upheld the 2018 ruling by Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot at the end of a year-long extradition trial in December 2018 that the former Kingfisher Airlines boss had a “case to answer” in the Indian courts.
The last of such tweets was posted by him on 14 May, in which he repeated his offer and said, “Congratulations to the Government for a COVID-19 relief package. They can print as much currency as they want BUT should a small contributor like me who offers 100% payback of State owned Bank loans be constantly ignored? Please take my money unconditionally and close.”
A UK district judge Emma Arbuthnot had last year ruled that there was a prima facie case of fraud by false representation against Mallya, which was confirmed by the UK High Court.
Mallya was also denied permission to challenge the high court’s judgment in the Supreme Court.