Vijay Mallya Extradition Case: UK Judge Says ‘Obvious’ Indian Banks Broke Rules
New Delhi, Nov 20: In an apparent attempt to delay his extradition to India, beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya told a London court on Monday that he fears for his life in India. Arguing before the in London’s Westminster Court, counsel for the former boss of the now defunct kingfisher Airlines said Mallya’s life would be in danger if he is sent back to India.
Following the argument, the prosecution will now be preparing a submission by the Indian Government outlining the security measures that will be in place for him.
The UB Group chief has been on self-imposed exile in the UK since he fled India on March 2, 2016.
The 61-year-old businessman, out on bail on an extradition warrant executed by Scotland Yard earlier this year, had been exempt from appearing before the court until his extradition trial scheduled to begin December 4. (Also Read: Unit no 12 of Arthur Road Jail Good Enough For Vijay Mallya: Maharashtra Government)
He has repeatedly stressed that he has done nothing wrong and will let the evidence speak in court.
The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which is arguing the case against Mallya on behalf of the Indian authorities, had presented additional “supplemental” charges of money laundering to the previous charges of fraud at the last hearing in the case on October 3. (Also Read: Twitter Laughs As Vijay Mallya Gets Arrested And Bailed in No Time)
The previous fraud charges relate to Mallya’s now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines owing more than Rs 9,000 crore to various Indian banks.
India and the UK have an Extradition Treaty, signed in 1992, but so far only one extradition has taken place from the UK to India under the arrangement Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, who was sent back to India last October to face trial in connection with his involvement in the post-Godhra riots of 2002. (Also Read: Vijay Mallya Gets Bail After Arrest in Money Laundering Case: A Timeline)