Vijay Mallya under UK judicial process, India doing its best, says Arun Jaitley

19 April 2017, 08:24 PM
Vijay Mallya under UK judicial process, India doing its best, says Arun Jaitley
Vijay Mallya under UK judicial process, India doing its best, says Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley spoke abut Vijay Mallya's extradition and said that the matter is under UK judicial process.

Jaitley also asserted that India and its investigating agencies are doing the best in the case.

"I think the government and all the investigating agencies are certainly putting (in) their best efforts because the agencies do believe that an offence has been committed for which the person (Mallya) is required in India," the minister told reporters here.

The minister further said Mallya's extradition is part of the "judicial process" in the UK.

"It's part of the judicial process in that country and the judicial process functions on certain considerations," he said in response to queries regarding Mallya's extradition.

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Mallya, who has been declared a proclaimed offender by Indian courts, was arrested in London by the Scotland Yard on Tuesday on India's request for his extradition on fraud charges.

He was, however, released on bail a few hours later on a bail bond worth 6,50,000 pound. He is required to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on May 17.

The 61-year-old liquor baron has to face charges in Indian courts in connection with loan default cases.

Mallya, whose now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes more than Rs 9,000 crore to various banks, had left India on March 2, 2016.

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The Indian government has since revoked his Indian passport, but he has repeatedly dismissed all charges against him.

In January, an Indian court ordered a consortium of lenders to start the process of recovering the loans.

India had placed a formal extradition request for Mallya as per the Extradition Treaty between India and the UK through a note verbale on February 8.

Earlier in January this year, a CBI court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Mallya in the Rs 720-crore IDBI Bank loan default case. He is the owner of a Formula One team.

While handing over the request, India had asserted that it has a "legitimate" case against Mallya and maintained that if an extradition request is honoured, it would show British "sensitivity towards our concerns".

First Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 08:15 PM
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