Liquor Baron Vijay Mallya on Thursday appeared in a United Kingdom court for a hearing in the ongoing extradition case over economic offences in India. Mallya team hands over defence documents in a box. Meanwhile, government lawyer expressed surprise by this step.
The 61-year-old tycoon is sought by Indian authorities for allegedly defaulting on several bank loans amounting to nearly Rs 9,000 crores The next hearing to assess the progress in the case will be held at Westminster Magistrates Court on November 20.
Mallya, who has been in self-imposed exile in the UK since March 2016, was arrested by Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant on April 18 and is currently out on bail. The CPS, arguing on behalf of the Indian government earlier this month, had told the court that they had “excellent cooperation” with the Indian authorities in the case and now had sufficient material to establish a prima facie case for the extradition of the former chief of erstwhile Kingfisher Airlines.
India and the UK have an Extradition Treaty, signed in 1992 and in force since November 1993, under which recently a Bangladeshi national wanted in the UK on murder charges was to be extradited from India. Mohammad Abdul Shakur is accused of murdering his wife Juli Begum and two daughters in the UK in 2007 before fleeing the country. He was arrested in Assam and his repatriation to the UK was delayed due to an ongoing court case in New Delhi.