ED, CBI to jointly seek Vijay Mallya’s extradition from UK to fast-track his deportation

The CBI officials feel the ED’s move will eliminate the chance of any further procedural delay in bringing the fugitive liquor baron back to India

india Updated: Oct 06, 2017 13:35 IST
Rajesh Ahuja
Rajesh Ahuja
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The Enforcement Directorate has decided to join a CBI’s request for the extradition of liquor baron Vijay Mallya instead of initiating separate proceedings against him. (Hindustan Times)

Three days ago, when the UK authorities arrested Vijay Mallya on the request of Enforcement Directorate (ED), the agency strategically clubbed its request for extradition of the fugitive liquor baron with that of the CBI’s.

The CBI’s request has already been pending there since April.

The clubbing of requests is a move to expedite the extradition of the embattled 61-year-old businessman, who has been living in the UK on a self-imposed exile since he left India on March last year.

The CBI officials feel the ED’s move will eliminate the chance of any further procedural delay in bringing him back to India, believe CBI officials.

“Both the CBI and the ED are working in close coordination for the extradition of Mallya. The ED’s charges of money laundering against Mallya will strengthen the CBI’s request for his extradition,” said a senior CBI official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The official added the investigators from both the agencies discussed the move in detail before the ED went ahead to join the CBI.

The UB Group chief was arrested for the second time in the UK on Tuesday after the ED pressed money laundering charges against him.

Earlier he was arrested in April on the charges pressed by the CBI. On both occasions, Mallya was released on bail.

The extradition hearing against Mallya, in which the UK’s Crown Prosecution Agency will represent both the ED and the CBI, will begin on December 4.

The CBI probed charges of bank loan default to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore against Mallya and filed a chargesheet against him.

Following the CBI probe, the ED initiated it’s money laundering probe against the flamboyant businessman and the Kingfisher Airlines he owned in January last year.

The ED officials say they issued three summons to the fugitive liquor baron in March and April last year but he didn’t join the probe.

Since then on the ED’s request, Mallya’s passport has been revoked. The court first issued a non-bailable warrant against him and then declared him proclaimed offender. Subsequently, the ED attached his properties worth Rs 1,850 crore.

The ED has also attached his properties worth Rs 8,040 crore (market value) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act after the court-mandated attachment of properties on account of Mallya being declared a proclaimed offender.

The agency formally charged Mallya in June this year listing out instances how he allegedly diverted money taken on loan for other purposes.

Mallya has repeatedly denied all the charges.

First Published: Oct 06, 2017 13:35 IST