- The magistrate court-ordered extradition in December 2018, Mallya has challenged in the High Court
- Mallya accused of cheating and money laundering of 9000 crore rupees from Indian banks
The appeal against extradition of fugitive liquor businessman Vijay Mallya (64) will be heard in the London High Court for three days from today. The magistrate court ordered Mallya’s extradition to India in December 2018. In February 2019, the then UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid also approved. Mallya sought approval from the High Court for an appeal against the extradition order. The High Court gave its approval in July last year.
Indian agencies claim – Mallya’s intention was not clear while taking the loan
While allowing Mallya to appeal against the order of the Magistrate Court, the London High Court held that the conclusion of Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot was wrong that the Indian government had proved prima facie case against Mallya. However, the High Court did not question the other facts of the lower court’s decision. Mallya’s lawyer, Clare Montgomery, argued that the Magistrate’s Court accepted the erroneous claims of India’s agencies. The agencies had said that Mallya raided, his intention was not clear while taking a loan for Kingfisher Airlines. He misled banks, he did not want to repay the debt.
Mallya has several times offered to return money to banks
After getting an appeal from the High Court, Mallya had told the media that after the court order, he felt guilty. Mallya had also reiterated the proposal to repay the loans to banks. He said that take all the money, but let it be at peace. Mallya is in accusation for cheating and laundering Rs 9,000 crore from Indian banks. He fled to London in March 2016. Mallya was arrested in London in April 2017 on an extradition warrant. Later, he was released on bail.