Union minister of state for external affairs VK Singh on Tuesday said fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya would be brought back to India as soon as the United Kingdom’s law permits for the same.
He said extradition is not an easy, and the enforcement directorate has already sent the documents in the matter. He said the time frame cannot be fixed in the case.
The hearing on the issue of Vijay Mallya's extradition from the UK was deferred to June 13, Britain's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) had said.
The CPS will be arguing on behalf of the Indian authorities when the fugitive businessman's extradition case comes up for hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court inLondon on June 13. The hearing was earlier scheduled for May 17. "The next hearing is June 13 for a case management hearing" a CPS spokesperson had said.
A four-member joint CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED)team had arrived in London last month.
Of late, Mallya was heckled by cricket fans who chanted “chor, chor” (thief, thief) as he had arrived to watch the India vs South Africa Champions Trophy match at The Oval cricket ground .
The 61-year-old chief of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines, who has been living in self-imposed exile in Britain since last year and is facing extradition proceedings in UK courts, had walked speedily past Indian fans outside the stadium.
“Chor gaya chor (there goes a thief) and chor, chor (thief, thief),” were among the chants that could be heard from the crowds.
Mallya, whose Kingfisher Airlines allegedly owes more than Rs 9,000 crore to various banks, had left India on March 2016. The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is currently working on extradition proceedings against him based on evidence provided by Indian authorities.