The UK court on December 10, 2018, ordered the extradition of Indian business tycoon and liquor baron Vijay Mallya from Britain to India to face charges of fraud filed against him. The decision follows a nine-month-long trial on an extradition warrant, which began with Mallya’s arrest in April 2017 and ended in September.
India has been seeking the businessman’s extradition on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to almost Rs 9,000 crore. He has been on bail since his arrest.
1. The trial, which opened at the Magistrates’ Court on December 4, 2017, has gone through a series of hearings beyond the initial seven days earmarked for it.
2. Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot decided there was a prima facie case against Mallya, who moved to Britain in March 2016 and his human rights would not be infringed if he was extradited.
3. Judge Emma Arbuthnot ruled that Mallya can be extradited to India to stand trial on the charges brought by the CBI and ED, as there is nothing to indicate that the Mallya case was pursued because of his political opinions.
4. The Judge ordered the extradition of Mallya to India, calling him ‘bejewelled’ bodyguarded billionaire playboy. The case has now been referred to the Secretary of State who must also approve it.
5. The Central Bureau of Investigation has welcomed the decision of the Chief Magistrate. UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid will now pass an order based on the verdict.