Former FMSCI chairman Vijay Mallya arrested in London

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He was arrested on Tuesday.

The Metropolitan Police extradition unit took Mallya into custody on behalf of India, the BBC News reported.

He was produced before the Westminster Magistrates' Court today and was later granted bail. Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel was extradited in October 2016 in a case related to the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Later Mallya tweeted his own reaction to the day's proceedings, saying: "Usual Indian media hype".

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The Vijay Mallya case has come under the British judicial process and Indian agencies are making their best effort to have him face trial in India, the Centre said on Wednesday.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi urged the court to direct Mallya to bring back the $40 million, which he had received from Diageo. Will it take another 15 or 30 years or our entire lifetime before Mallya is finally brought back and Rs 9,091 crore of people's money is recovered? Mr. Mallya was scheduled to appear at a London court on Tuesday, the police said in a statement.

While handing over the request, India had asserted that it has a "legitimate" case against Mallya and maintained that if an extradition request is honoured, it would show British "sensitivity towards our concerns". Meanwhile, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that India had put up "a strong case against Vijay Mallya in England".

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said India had put up a strong case against Mallya and ED is also preparing strategy to present the case for his extradition under the United Nations convention of prevention of money laundering, of which the UK is also a signatory.

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Malya secretly fled India in March 2016 owing more than $1bn after defaulting on loan payments to state-owned banks and allegedly misusing the funds.

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India's Enforcement Directorate has been gathering evidence as part of its investigation into the tycoon's debts, totalling £977million, linked to Mallya's now-defunct airline Kingfisher.

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