India vs Pakistan final: Vijay Mallya, the embattled tycoon wanted in India on loan defaults to several banks amounting to nearly Rs 9,000 crore, on Sunday reached the Oval stadium in London to watch crucial India vs Pakistan Champions Trophy final match, according to a report in Times Now. As he entered the stadium premises, mediamen caught up with him and asked him to answer a few questions related to the loan default cases in India but as usual he didn’t utter even a word, according to a video report by Times Now. This is not the first time Mallya was spotted enjoying the Champions Trophy match. Earlier, Mallya was welcomed with chants of “chor, chor” (thief) by Indian cricket fans as he arrived to watch the India vs South Africa Champions Trophy match at the Oval cricket ground in London.
Prior to that, he had caused a stir by his attendance at the India vs Pakistan match in Birmingham after which he had declared on Twitter that he would be attending all India matches in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy. Mallya, who is wanted in India for Kingfisher Airlines’ related cases, has been in the UK since March 2016 and was arrested by Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant on April 18.
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Chief Magistrate Emma Louise Arbuthnot had granted bail to Mallya until December 4. The next hearing has been set for July 6. He had 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.
An initial hearing date of May 17 was postponed to June 13. If the District Judge rules in favour of extradition at the end of the trial, the UK home secretary must order Mallya’s extradition within two months of the appropriate day. However, the case can go through a series of appeals before arriving at a conclusion.
India and the UK have an Extradition Treaty, signed in 1992, but so far only one extradition has taken place under the arrangement — Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, who was sent back to India last October to face trial in connection with his involvement in the post-Godhra riots of 2002. However, unlike Mallya, he had submitted to the extradition order without legal challenge.