Liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s lawyer on Friday sought a delay in the hearing of his case in the United Kingdom. According to India Today, Mallya’s hearing in the United Kingdom has been deferred to the month of June. Earlier, it had been reported by the IANS that the extradition of Mallya, who is under a debt of over Rs 9,000 crore that he owes to a consortium of banks, would take 6-9 months. The report had stated that the estimated time period had been indicated by a joint five-member team of the Enforcement Directorate-Central Bureau of Investigation, that had travelled to London and had returned after carrying out discussions with British law enforcement agencies.
The CBI official who had spoken to IANS had said, “The team held several rounds of meetings with the law enforcement authorities in London, including the Westminster Magistrate court officials, and were apprised that Mallya’s extradition will take over six to nine months because of some legal procedures.”
The consortium of banks led by State Bank of India includes Bank of Baroda, State Bank of Mysore, Axis Bank, Corporation Bank, Federal Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, IDBI Bank, Punjab National Bank, Punjab and Sind Bank, UCO Bank and United Bank of India. It must be noted that Vijay Mallya had been arrested and had been granted bail within hours in London, last month. The hearing of his case was supposed to be on May 17, 2017.
Earlier the government of the United Kingdom had agreed to help India to extradite him and had reportedly agreed to some terms proposed by India. It must be noted that the British courts would be independently deciding on his extradition, in accordance with the British laws and the country’s extradition treaty with India. The said courts would also be checking to see that India’s request does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights. Reportedly, India would also have to convince the said courts that Vijay Mallya would not be harassed or targetted in any way.