Vijay Mallya extradition case: Beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya was granted bail by Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London in connection with an extradition case against him. Mallya had fled to London after defaulting on several bank loans amounting to nearly Rs 9,000 crore, according to reports. The next date for hearing will be on July 6. However, during the proceedings Chief Magistrate Emma Louise Arbuthnot had taken a dig at Indian authorities over the delay in submitting proof in this high profile case. She wondered whether generally Indians are prompt in their responses, according to TOI report. She said that the authorities there had already taken six months and added that there was no further development over the past 6 weeks. Arbuthnot also made it clear that if the evidence was not submitted, then the case will be delayed and a full hearing may take place in April 2018, the report says.
Arbuthnot has also warned Mallya not to break any conditions of the bail. “If you do so, you will be back in custody, she told the 61-year-old boss of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines.
Mallya was arrested by Scotland Yard in April and has been out on bail. December 4 was also tentatively fixed as the final date of hearing in the case, according to PTI report. Mallya claimed that no loans were diverted anywhere. Yesterday, Mallya had also slammed the media.”I go to cheer India in a cricket match and it becomes a media frenzy. It’s better I don’t say anything,” he said, adding that two people, in a drunken state, called him a “thief” outside the stadium. “There were many who wished me well.”
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Last week, Mallya was reportedly welcomed with chants of “chor, chor” by Indian cricket fans as he arrived to watch the India vs South Africa Champions Trophy match at The Oval cricket ground in London. Earlier, 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’ default on loans worth nearly Rs 9,000-crore, has been in the UK since March 2016 and was arrested by Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant on April 18.
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.