Vijay Mallya, Indian Businessman, Arrested in UK


Holding that Mallya's arrest in London by Scotland Yard on Tuesday was in connection with the request by the government to the United Kingdom authorities for his extradition, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said that "legal process in this regard is underway in Britain". In January, an Indian court ordered a consortium of lenders to start the process of recovering the loans. "Extradition hearing in court started today as expected".

The Indian Formula 1 tycoon Vijay Mallya was arrested by British police on behalf of authorities in India who want to prosecute the businessman over accusations of unpaid loans worth more than a billion dollars. They go through certain procedures and to begin those procedures for extradition, the presence of the person concerned is necessary which means a technical arrest is to be made.

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It is a confirmation of the government's relentless efforts and commitment to act against those involved in illegal activities like generation of black money, the party said.

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".

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BJP leader Nalin Kohli claimed that the government will do, whatever is in its power, to ensure that anyone who defrauds public money and leaves the shores of this country to escape the judicial process is brought back to justice. The development was an outcome of the extradition request by India pursuant to orders from a Mumbai court in two different cases against the liquor baron and founder of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. "No one will be spared", said Santosh Gangwar, the junior minister for finance. He said the loan extended to Mallya were under previous UPA regime and the present government has taken steps to recover the loans and "what happened today is part of that move". The CBI team would put-forth four major cases to back its argument to get Mallya back to India and try him before an Indian court.

"After relentless campaign by Congress, finally extradition request was submitted by government in February", Senior Congress leader Randeep Surjewala told news agency ANI. "There is a myth that I will cross the geographical boundaries and take refuge and be out of bounds".

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