UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid on Monday gave his approval to the extradition of liquor baron Vijay Mallya to India. Mallya now has 14 days to appeal and can be extradited to Indian within 28 days if no appeal is made by his legal team.
The latest development comes after the 63-year-old businessman lost a legal challenge against his extradition in a British court in December last year.
“On February 3, the Secretary of State, having carefully considered all relevant matters, signed the order for Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India. Vijay Mallya is accused in India of conspiracy to defraud, making false representations and money laundering offences,” PTI quoted a Home Office spokesperson as saying.
Reacting to the development, former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, “Modi Government clears one more step to get Mallya extradited while Opposition rallies around the Saradha Scamsters.”
A report by news agency PTI said that the Chief Magistrate’s verdict was sent to the Home Secretary under the Extradition Treaty procedures because only he is authorised to order Mallya’s extradition.
Mallya is facing charges of defrauding Indian banks to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore. The trouble for him started after his Kingfisher Airlines went bankrupt. The Scotland Yard had executed an extradition warrant against him in April 2017, but the billionaire businessman was on bail since then.
The UK court had said it was satisfied with the various assurances provided by the Indian government, including a video of the jail cell, which had not only been recently redecorated but was also far larger than the minimum requirement threshold.