1. India scores as UK agrees to terms helping Vijay Mallya’s extradition

India scores as UK agrees to terms helping Vijay Mallya’s extradition

India seems to have secured a major success today in its quest to bring the former flamboyant businessman Vijay Mallya back into the country, with the UK government agreeing to help in his extradition and agreeing to the terms proposed by India.

By: | Published: May 4, 2017 1:43 PM
India had asked the UK to inform the local High Commission in the country when extradition cases come up for hearing. (Photo: AP)

India seems to have secured a major success today in its quest to bring the former flamboyant businessman Vijay Mallya back into the country, with the UK government agreeing to help in his extradition and agreeing to the terms proposed by India. The UK government on Thursday submitted a draft on assisting India on Mallya’s extradition, in-principle agreeing to extend all help to India in the case, Times Now reported citing no source.

India had asked the UK to inform the local High Commission in the country when extradition cases come up for hearing. The assistance on extradition will be based on reciprocity between India and the UK, Times Now reported.

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who went from being the “King of good times” to be labelled as a “wilful defaulter”, and then to an “absconder”, fled to London in March 2016. Wanted in cases of financial irregularities and loan defaults worth Rs 9,000 crore, Mallya was arrested in London on a extradition request by India earlier last month, and now awaits trial.

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The next date for a hearing, when British Courts will begin formal hearing on the extradition has been set as 17 May, and it is then, that Indian Government will have to establish before British Courts that a case against Mallya exists for extradition before he can be actually extradited. But experts said that getting an extradition from Britain might not be easy, as has been experienced in the case of music director Nadeem Saifee and that of former Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi.

The British courts will independently decide on Mallya’s extradition applying English laws and the extradition treaty with India. Before deciding on the extradition request the court judge will check that the request does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights. India will also have to convince the British Courts that Mallya will not be harassed or targeted in any way.

But the experts had said that even after getting the approval for extradition from British Courts, it may take up to two months to bring Mallya back, as he would still have the provision to appeal to higher courts. If the High Court approves, his appeal can be even be forwarded to the British Supreme Court.

Vijay Mallya, the former owner of large liquor businesses, saw the control of United Breweries slipping to the Dutch beer maker Heineken and United Spirits to Diageo. Further, his once fashionable carrier Kingfisher Airlines got grounded as it ran out of money to run its day-to-day operations after splurging on lavish parties, grand events, and glamorous photoshoots. The real chaos emerged during early 2012 when the company stopped paying salaries to its employees. It failed to pay the oil companies its dues for buying jet fuel, and did not service its debt, repeatedly missing loan repayment installments.

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