London, Dec 10: London’s Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday ordered the extradition of fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya to India.
Chief Magistrate Judge Emma Arbuthnot has found prima facie a case against Mallya for fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.
The matter of extradition of Vijay Mallya to India has been referred to the Secretary of State.
The Central Bureau of Investigation welcomed the UK court orders.
Reacting to the verdict, the CBI spokesperson said that “We hope to bring him soon and conclude the case. CBI has its own inherent strengths. We worked hard on this case. We are strong on Law and facts and we were confident while pursuing extradition process”.
The Court announced the verdict following a prolonged litigation involving Mallya, who fled India in March 2016.
The development took place came six days after British national and alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, Christian Michael, was extradited to India from Dubai.
Mallya has repeatedly denied fleeing from India and said he was ready to pay back the money he owed to Indian banks.
Proceedings are on in the Mumbai Special Court against the businessman under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act.
Last year, India filed extradition proceedings against Mallya which he has contested. He is currently on bail in London.