Vijay Mallya has stoked yet another controversy and this time it has to deal with virtually the entire Team India. The beleaguered liquor baron attended Indian Cricket team captain Virat Kohli’s charity event in London. This is despite Mallya’s extradition from UK being sought by India, but as yet, nothing concrete has happened as the process is long and cumbersome. Apart from Mallya, Indian players, including former captain MS Dhoni, head coach Anil Kumble, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan and batting coach Sanjay Bangar, attended the event that was held to raise funds for Justice and Care organisation. The entity works towards fighting human trafficking, according to IE report.
Earlier this morning Mallya had lashed out at media for covering his attendance at the India vs Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Mallya also said that he intended to attend all games that India will play in England during the ongoing ICC event. He also heaped praise on skipper Kohli hailing him as world class player, world class captain and world-class gentleman.
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61-year-old Mallya, who has been facing cases of bank loan default to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore by his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines, had fled to the UK. He was arrested by Scotland Yard in April on India’s extradition request, according to PTI news. However, within hours of his arrest, Mallya was released on bail by the London court. On May 4, India had asked the United Kingdom to ensure early extradition of the fugitive businessman.
The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will argue the case on behalf of the Indian authorities during the next hearing.
While, India and the UK have an extradition treaty signed in 1992, but so far only one extradition has taken place under the arrangement, according to PTI. Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, who was sent back to India last October to face trial for his involvement in the post-Godhra riots of 2002.