Former chief of the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines appeared before Westminster Magistrates' Court for his extradition case hearing.
As it happened.
After coming out of the court, Vijay Mallya said it was his lawful duty to be there. "I am happy to be here," he said, denying to answer any questions put forward by the media.
Furthermore, Mallya said he will make his submission before the appropriate court. "You can keep dreaming about a billion pounds; you cannot prove anything without facts." He also claimed that no loans were diverted anywhere.
Vijay Mallya will today find out the timetable to be set by the judge to hear the arguments for and against his extradition in what is referred to as a "case management hearing". When the case returns to court, the District Judge is likely to set down a timetable for the service of any evidence to be submitted by either side in the proceedings, and list a date for a final hearing. "There might be a few more hearings in this case in the coming months to deal with case management or any issues that arise, before the final hearing takes place, at which the full arguments from both sides in this case will be heard by the District Judge," explained Jasvinder Nakhwal, partner at Peters and Peters Solicitors LLP and member of the UK's Extradition Lawyers Association.
Indian agencies will try and bring to the notice of the court in United Kingdom about the Dual Criminality of Vijay Mallya. Indian agencies will try and prove in the UK court that Mallya's action to defraud Indian banks not only attracts Indian law but at the same time it attracts various sections of UK Fraud Act 2006. Indian agencies have also shared copies of statements collected by various accused/ witnesses during the course of the investigation. It is important to note that dual criminality is the basic requirement for extradition. ED will shortly file a prosecution complaint on Vijay Mallya
RECAP | Vijay Mallya was also spotted at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham watching the India-Pakistan cricket match. TV cameras spotted a suited Mallya, basking in the sun, sitting in the VIP stand and enjoying the cricket. Mallya also attended Virat Kohli’s Charity Ball, the following day. Mallya was invited by someone who had bought a table for the event and the fugitive businessman came as his guest. The Indian team had to leave Kohli's Charity Dinner function early to avoid having any interaction with Mallya. In fact, skipper Kohli, who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL, a team that used to be once owned by Mallya, also maintained a dignified distance from the tainted businessman.
RECAP | Vijay Mallya was on June 11 booed by a section of Indian supporters as he entered the Oval arena to watch India play with South Africa in the ICC Champions Trophy. In black trousers and sky blue blazer, Mallya was entering through the famous Sir Jack Hobbs Gate when a few supporters started shouting 'Chor, Chor (Thief, Thief)." One fan, in fact, started filming his entry as another shouted "Woh dekho chor jaa raha hain andar, Chor chor (Look, a thief is entering the stadium)."
RECAP | The Enforcement Directorate on May 18 took possession of Vijay Mallya's seafront farmhouse worth Rs 100 crore in Raigad district of Maharashtra's Konkan region. The farmhouse, sprawled over 17 acres with a beach, is located in the picturesque Kolegaon village of Mandwa, near the tourist hotspot of Alibaug.
Besides State Bank of India, other banks on the consortium, to whom Vijay Mallya owes money to, are Bank of Baroda, State Bank of Mysore, Axis Bank, Corporation Bank, Federal Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, IDBI Bank, Punjab National Bank, Punjab and Sind Bank, UCO Bank and United Bank of India.
RECAP | The Supreme Court of India had declared Vijay Mallya guilty of contempt on May 9 in the case filed by the consortium of 13 banks. The top court gave Mallya an opportunity to present his case on punishment on July 10. The court had held Mallya guilty of contempt on two counts — for not appearing before it as directed in the first hearing and not making full disclosure of his assets and that of his family. Mallya, in a hearing on April 26, 2016, had said: "If I come, I will be taken to Tihar Jail. When my liberty is at stake, how can you expect me to come back."
RECAP | India had given a formal extradition request for Mallya as per the Extradition Treaty between India and the UK through a note verbale on February 8. In May, a team of CBI officials had landed in London to give the British authorities documents related to the case and to expedite the process.
RECAP | Vijay Mallya was arrested by Scotland Yard in April on fraud allegations, triggering an official extradition process in the British courts. He attended a central London police station for his arrest and was released on conditional bail a few hours later after providing a bail bond worth 650,000 pounds, assuring the court of abiding by all conditions associated with extradition proceedings, such as the surrender of his passport and a ban on him possessing any travel documents.
Business tycoon Vijay Mallya’s extradition hearing will take place today afternoon in London’s Westminster Magistrates Court where the Crown Prosecution Service will argue the case on India’s behalf. Mallya, whose Kingfisher Airlines owes more than Rs 9,000 crore to a consortium of banks, had fled India in March 2016.
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