India-UK govt discuss legal options to extradite Vijay Mallya?

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In what could not be another set of disturbing news for Vijay Mallay, the Ministry of External Affairs is reportedly in talks with a 5-member government delegation from the United Kingdom discussing legal options of bringing the liquor baron back to India and face justice.

News agency ANI reported on Tuesday that senior officials from Crown Prosecution Service & Legal Dept of UK met senior MEA officials on Monday; Vijay Mallya’s extradition was also discussed at the meeting.

MEA has stepped up efforts of bringing back the alleged absconding loan defaulter Vijay Mallya, who if pronounced guilty on many charges leveled against him in India will face jail term

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)on February 9 had handed over the extradition request of Vijay Mallya as received from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to the UK High Commission.

Earlier in November, the CBI initiated an extradition request to bring back former liquor baron Vijay Mallya from the United Kingdom through a Special Court in Mumbai.

The investigative agency also secured a non-bailable warrant against Mallya, following it with an extradition request from the Special Court, to competent authorities in the United Kingdom.

The government also said that it was now for the British authorities to take further action on the request has as India has an extradition treaty with Britain and a legitimate case against Mallya.

 

Mallya had left the country on March 2, 2016 and has not returned ever since with the former liquor baron owing several banks a total of as much as Rs 9,000 crores.

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