Vijay Mallya appears before court in London

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LONDON: A defiant Vijay Mallya, the fugitive liquor baron sought by India for defaulting on several bank loans amounting to nearly Rs 9,000 crore, today appeared before the Westminster Magistrates Court in London for the hearing in his extradition case.

Mallya is accused over unpaid loans tied to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines. This is the second hearing, earlier on June 13 London court heard Mallya’s case.

On June 14, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had filed a complaint charging Mallya, founder of defunct Kingfisher Airlines, and the eight others with laundering Rs 950 crore.

Enforcement Directorate and a joint CBI team had visited London to discuss the case with the British agencies.

Mallya, 61, was released on conditional bail a few hours later after paying a bail bond of 6,50,000 pounds.

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