Vijay Mallya's Extradition Case Hearing in London Court Today
New Delhi: Wanted tycoon Vijay Mallya’s extradition hearing will take place on Tuesday 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 last March.
In April, Mallya was arrested by Scotland Yard 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.
The extradition hearing was originally scheduled for May 17, but was postponed to June 13.
Mallya has caused a stir in the recent days with his attendance at the matches played by India in the ICC Champions Trophy which is underway in England currently. At the last match against South Africa, the liquor baron was even booed by fans who shouted ‘chor, chor’ on seeing him.
Earlier, he also made an appearance at captain Virat Kohli’s charity dinner in London to raise funds for anti-human trafficking charity Justice and Care, but was reportedly given a cold shoulder by those present.
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.
On May 9, the Supreme Court had declared Mallya guilty of contempt 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."
Besides SBI, other banks on the consortium are the 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.
(With agency inputs)
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