Vijay Mallya arrested in London

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 20, 2017

The UK Crown office, acting on the Indian request, will argue Indian authorities' case for Mallya's extradition and he will have a chance to oppose it.

A Metropolitan Police statement said officers from the Extradition Unit arrested Mallya on an extradition warrant from India.

The metropolitan police said Mallya was arrested after attending a central London police station.

Adding more tweets of Mallya after para 4) New Delhi, Apr 18 (PTI) A nonchalant Vijay Mallya took to Twitter today to poke fun at the "Indian media hype" over his arrest in London and said the extradition hearing was "as expected". "There are coordinated activities of several Indian departments with their British counterparts to make Mallya face charges back in India", an official said.

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Earlier in January this year, a CBI court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Mallya in the Rs720-crore IDBI Bank loan default case.

India is in touch with the United Kingdom on the issue of extradition of Vijay Mallya who has been declared a proclaimed offender, the external affairs ministry said today.

Mallya, 61, secretly fled India in March a year ago, owing more than US$1 billion (S$1.4 billion) after defaulting on loan payments to state-owned banks and allegedly misusing the funds.

The banks had a year ago refused to accept his offer of settling the loans at Rs 6,868 crore. India had given a formal extradition request for Mallya as per the Extradition Treaty between India and the United Kingdom through a note verbale on February 8.

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya, wanted by Indian security agencies for loan, was arrested in London by Scotland Yard on Tuesday. Bail is then granted, as was done in Mallya's case on Tuesday, the same day.

Last month, Britain cleared India's request to extradite Mallya to India after special request from the Ministry of External Affairs, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and his ministry.

Crediting the Centre for Vijay Mallya's arrest in London, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao on Wednesday asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sent out a message to those who borrow public money, must pay up or land up in jail.

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