Beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya today sharpened his attack on Indian media saying that intense hate campaign launched by it against him knew no bounds. In a tweet this morning, the 61-year-old flamboyant boss of the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines said that the government of India had filed a case before a UK court. He also asked media to wait for the verdict. Yesterday Westminster Magistrates’ Court had granted bail to Mallya until December 4. The next hearing will take place on July 6. Mallya had taken a dig at authorities saying they could keep dreaming about a billion pounds and claimed that he had enough evidence to prove his case. Mallya also had said that he did not make statements to the media because anything he said was twisted. There is enough evidence, that will speak, Mallya said.
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.”
Take a look at Vijay Mallya’s tweet
Intense hate campaign by Indian media against me knows no bounds. The GOI has filed a case which is before a U.K. court. Wait for verdict.
— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) June 14, 2017
Last week, Mallya was 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.
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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.