Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took up the issue of escaped economic offenders with his British counterpart Threrasa May during their meeting on the sidelines of G20 summit in Hamburg, CNN-News 18 said. As per the report, the issue of liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is allegedly staying in London since last few days, was also taken up.
The fugitive businessman has been in the UK for quite some time now, escaping arrest warrants back home. A London court is also hearing the case regarding his return in India, PTI said. Mallya has been in the UK for months, escaping arrest warrants against him, while a court in London is also hearing a case regarding his return to India.
During their meeting, both leaders also discussed a wide range of issues. MEA spokesman Gopal Baglay in a tweet said that the prime minister asked for the United Kingdom’s “cooperation for the return of escaped Indian economic offenders”.
The fugitive is wanted by authorities in India for default on loans worth of about Rs 9,000 crore. He is in London since March 2016.
Last April, Vijay Mallya attended a central London police station in connection with the case. He was released on a bail by a court in few hours after submitting a bail bond worth 650,000 pounds. He had assured the court of abiding by all conditions in connection with extradition process, like surrendering passport, the agency report said.
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Both countries have an Extradition Treaty, which was signed in 1992. However, only one one extradition took place since then. The British Government had sent back Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel to face trial in the 2002 Godhra riots last year.
“Prime Ministers @narendramodi and @theresa_may met and held talks on the complete range of India-UK ties,” India’s PMO said in a tweet.