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Vijay Mallya Extradition Case LIVE: Hearing Starts After Fire Alarm Delay, Liquor Baron in the Dock

News18.com | December 4, 2017, 8:42 PM IST
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Liquor baron Vijay Mallya has returned to Westminster Magistrates' Court in London and his extradition trial will begin shortly. Mallya is wanted in India on charges relating to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines defaulting on loans from various Indian banks amounting to Rs 9,000 crore.

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Dec 4, 2017 8:42 pm (IST)

The government lawyer says Kingfisher concealed information about purchase of 12 aircraft and refused to provide copies of lease agreements. Mallya’s lawyer challenged the veracity of government documents and proposed to produce documents it says the government is withholding.

Dec 4, 2017 6:19 pm (IST)

The magistrate notes gaps in Indian government’s paperwork. The government counsel acknowledges that documents have got mixed up. 

Dec 4, 2017 5:50 pm (IST)

The prosecutor presents details of bank loans taken from State Bank of India and IDBI bank worth Rs 2,000 crore in 2009. He says that in the application, Mallya had claimed that Kingfisher would be profitable by 2011. This was a plain lie, he says.  

Dec 4, 2017 5:23 pm (IST)

The Crown Prosecution Service begins outlining the case against Vijay Mallya and says he misled banks in India. Mark Sumners gives details of the loan applications, but says the bankers were only in breach of internal rules when it comes to sanctioning of loans. The prosecution argues that in the loan applications, guarantees offered were related to the brand, aircrafts as well as personal guarantee from Mallya himself.

Dec 4, 2017 5:15 pm (IST)

The Crown Prosecution Service needs to demonstrate a prima facie case by producing evidence to show that the criminal charges against Mallya are justified and that he should be extradited to face the Indian courts. The CPS, acting on behalf of the Indian authorities, had presented "supplemental" charges of money laundering to previous charges of fraud against the businessman at an earlier hearing in October. The judge had agreed to effectively re-open a fresh case so that all charges can be heard concurrently in court.

Dec 4, 2017 5:07 pm (IST)

A joint team of CBI and ED is also in London for the extradition hearing to assist their lawyers for securing Mallya's return. Indian agencies said they are confident of putting up solid evidence against Mallya and he should get extradited. 

Dec 4, 2017 4:59 pm (IST)

Vijay Mallya has entered the court and is seated in the dock. His bail is set to end today but magistrate Emma Arbuthnot is expected to extend it. Mark Sumners, lawyer for Crown Prosecution Service (for India), has appeared in several extradition-related cases. He hands over to the judge details about papers containing index and responses to witness statements.

Dec 4, 2017 4:18 pm (IST)
Dec 4, 2017 4:13 pm (IST)

After 30 minutes of anxiety, the fire alarm has finally been turned off. The trial is likely to resume now. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will be arguing on behalf of the Indian government, led by barrister Mark Summers.

Dec 4, 2017 4:08 pm (IST)

Prison conditions in India are expected to be at the forefront during the hearing. Sources tell CNN-News18 that the strategy of Mallya’s counsel would be to bring up his human rights and argue that the liquor baron would not be safe in India. The Indian government has provided assurances of protection of Mallya's human rights.

Dec 4, 2017 3:54 pm (IST)

The 61-year-old has been out on bail since Scotland Yard executed an extradition warrant in April this year. He will be in the dock for the duration of the trial scheduled to end on December 14. A judgment in the case, being presided over by Judge Emma Louise Arbuthnot, is unlikely until early next year.

Dec 4, 2017 3:50 pm (IST)

“Winning or losing is not for me to decide. You can listen to the court. These charges of money laundering are all false, fabricated and baseless. I do not want to answer these questions when hearing is on. These questions are entirely inappropriate,” Mallya says to CNN-News18. 

Dec 4, 2017 3:48 pm (IST)

Mallya says all allegations against him are fabricated and even denied that he has escaped from India. He says that he has been living in UK since 1992 and has a lot of friends there. “I have nothing more to say.”

Dec 4, 2017 3:47 pm (IST)

When confronted by reporters outside the court premises, he struck to the script and said that he would answer the allegations against him during the proceedings. 

Dec 4, 2017 3:45 pm (IST)

Vijay Mallya is outside the Westminster court as the hearing has been delayed due to a fire alarm going off. The premises has been evacuated.

Dec 4, 2017 3:32 pm (IST)

Vijay Mallya, who has been in self-imposed exile in the UK since March 2016 when he left India, is wanted in India on charges relating to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines defaulting on loans from various Indian banks amounting toRs9,000 crore. The trial is set to open with opening arguments, followed by the witness statement of Dr B Humphreys, who is an aviation expert.

Dec 4, 2017 3:32 pm (IST)

Speaking to reporters outside the court, Vijay Mallya denied any wrongdoing. “These are false and baseless allegations. It is not up to me to decide…. You can hear the submissions in court. I do not answer to these questions while the hearing is on.”

Dec 4, 2017 3:31 pm (IST)

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya, out on a 650,000-pound bail bond following his arrest by Scotland Yard over fraud and money laundering charges, has returned to Westminster Magistrates' Court in London as his extradition trial begins.

Vijay Mallya Extradition Case LIVE: Hearing Starts After Fire Alarm Delay, Liquor Baron in the Dock
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