Vijay Mallya extradition: Union Minister V K Singh has said that extradition was not a simple issue even as he ruled out fixing any time frame for bringing beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya back to India, according to India TV report. Informing that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had sent documents to the UK, the Minister of State for External Affairs has said that Mallya will be brought back as soon as the law in that country allowed to do so. Asking about the possible time for Mallya’s extradition, Singh replied, whenever the UK gives go ahead for him. Singh statement comes as a Court in London will hear Mallya’s extradition case today, as per PTI report. the 61-year-old chief of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines was booed by visitors with shouts of chor, chor (thief) outside The Oval Stadium in London, where he was attending the India-South Africa Champions Trophy 2017 match on Sunday.
Last week, Mallya had caused a stir by his attendance of the India vs Pakistan match in Birmingham after which he had said on Twitter that he would be attending all India matches in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy. He also made an appearance at captain Virat Kohli s fundraising dinner in London to raise funds for anti-human trafficking charity Justice and Care.
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Meanwhile, Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will be arguing on behalf of the Indian authorities at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London today. Mallya and his companies owe over Rs 9,000 crore to various Indian banks, has been living in self-imposed exile in Britain since March last year. He was arrested by Scotland Yard in April on fraud allegations, triggering an official extradition process in the British courts. He came to 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.
Notably, India and the UK have an extradition treaty, signed in 1992, but so far only one extradition has taken place under the arrangement – that of Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, who was sent back to India last October to face trial for his involvement in the post-Godhra riots of 2002, as per PTI report. However, unlike Mallya, Patel had submitted to the extradition order without legal challenge. India had given a formal extradition request for Mallya as per the extradition treaty between India and the UK through a note verbale, a diplomatic communication, on February 8, the report says.