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Vijay Mallya Will Soon Be In India As Govt Begins Extradition Process

The extradition of fugitive businessman Vijay Mallaya seems quite close now as the British government has sent India’s extradition request to a district judge.

This is seen as the first step towards a judicial decision that could send him back to India to face trial.
Vijay Mallya

Vijay Mallya

“The UK home department on February 21 conveyed that India’s request for the extradition of Mallya has been certified by the secretary of state and sent to the Westminster magistrates’ court for a district judge to consider the issue of releasing of a warrant,” MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

The Indian government is looking to bring back Mallya following the pending cases of loan default totalling over Rs 9,000 crore.

Baglay said a formal extradition request for Mallya in line with the India-UK extradition treaty was handed over to the British high commission here through a note verbale on February 8.

The British government decision seems to have followed the Indian request. Finance minister Arun Jaitley, who was in UK last month, was told by the British leadership that they would take a “positive” view of the matter.
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While handing over the request, India had asserted that it has a “legitimate” case against Mallya and maintained that if an extradition request is honoured, it would show British “sensitivity towards our concerns”.
The extradition process involves a number of steps, including a decision by the judge whether to issue a warrant of arrest. In case of a warrant, the person is arrested and brought before the court for preliminary hearing, followed by an extradition hearing ahead of a final decision by the secretary of state.
The wanted person has a right to appeal to the higher courts against any decision all the way up to the Supreme Court. In January this year, a CBI court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Mallya in the Rs 720-crore IDBI Bank loan default case. Mallya, whose now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes more than Rs 9,000 crore to various banks, had fled India on March 2, 2016.

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