Mallya’s extradition – A major boost to the Modi government citing general elections next year
Today the UK’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court ordered the extradition of Vijay Mallya to India to face fraud charges caused by the collapse of his defunct Kingfisher Airlines.
Chief Magistrate Judge Emma Arbuthnot has found prima facie a case against the fugitive liquor baron for fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.
The ruling marked a significant stage from the high profile extradition trial that has lasted a year.
Recent instances of Christian Michel (VVIP chopper scam) and Vijay Mallya is being handled by special director Rakesh Asthana and joint director Sai Manohar, currently in London.
Following the UK court’s order, finance minister Arun Jaitley said that any individual trying to cheat India will not be spared.
No one who cheats India will go scot-free. An offender benefited during the UPA. The NDA attracts him to book,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
The Central Bureau of Investigation too welcomed the decision.
“We hope to bring him soon and resolve the case. CBI has its inherent advantages. We worked hard on this situation. We are strong on law and facts and we were convinced while pursuing extradition process,” a spokesperson of CBI said.
The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines manager was on bail since his arrest on an extradition warrant in April last year.
Earlier in the day, Mallya sought to disprove the story he has”stolen” money and said his offer to repay the principal sum to the Indian banks was”not false”.
The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss was on bond since his arrest on an extradition warrant in April past year for Rs. 9,000 crores fraud and money laundering charges.