CBI Officials Arrive In London To Push Businessman Vijay Mallya's Extradition

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CBI Officials Arrive In London To Push Businessman Vijay Mallya's Extradition

Vijay Mallya was arrested, and released on bail, by UK last month on India's extradition request.


New Delhi:  A team of officials from the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) have reached London for discussions on the extradition of liquor baron Vijay Mallya. A four-member team led by CBI Additional Director Rakesh Asthana will apprise British authorities about the finer points of the loan default cases against Mr Mallya, CBI sources said. Two senior ED officials are also part of the team, they said.

Mr Mallya's extradition is now before the British court where neither the CBI nor the ED is a direct party. Indian agencies primarily aid and assist British prosecutors with case material to counter the plea of absconders before the courts, an official explained.

The agencies' move to send a team to London is aimed at presenting a strong case for the extradition of the liquor baron before the court. 

The 61-year-old was arrested by British authorities last month on India's extradition request in connection with loan default case of IDBI Bank, being investigated by the CBI. He was released on bail within hours by a London court which has fixed May 17 as the next date of hearing.

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

The extradition process from the UK involves a number of steps including a decision by the judge on whether or not to issue a warrant of arrest.

In case of a warrant, the person is arrested and brought before the court for preliminary hearing followed by an extradition hearing before a final decision is taken by the Secretary of State.

The 'wanted' person has the right to appeal to higher courts against any decision all the way up to the Supreme Court.

Under the law, the British Secretary of State may only consider four issues when deciding whether to order a person's extradition - whether the person is at risk of the death penalty, whether special arrangements are in place, whether the person concerned has previously been extradited from another country to the UK and the consent of that country to his onward extradition is required and whether the person has previously been transferred to the UK by the International Criminal Court. 


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