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Home / India News / UK court sets July 2 for Mallya plea’s oral hearing

UK court sets July 2 for Mallya plea’s oral hearing

Vijay Mallya’s written application for the permission was refused on April 5, prompting him to seek an oral hearing to appeal against home secretary Sajid Javid’s February 4 order extraditing him to India to face charges of financial irregularities.

india Updated: May 01, 2019, 23:11 IST
Prasun Sonwalkar
Prasun Sonwalkar
Hindustan Times, London
File photo of Vijay Mallya leaving Westminster Magistrates' Court  during an extradition hearing on September 12, 2018 in London.
File photo of Vijay Mallya leaving Westminster Magistrates' Court during an extradition hearing on September 12, 2018 in London.(Getty Images )

Controversial businessman Vijay Mallya’s application to appeal against his extradition to India has been scheduled for an oral hearing in the appeals court on July 2, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said here on Wednesday.

Mallya’s written application for the permission was refused on April 5, prompting him to seek an oral hearing to appeal against home secretary Sajid Javid’s February 4 order extraditing him to India to face charges of financial irregularities.

A spokesperson for the CPS, which acts on behalf of the Indian government in UK courts, said, “The oral hearing on whether or not Vijay Mallya should be granted permission to appeal against extradition will be on July 2 at the High Court”.

“It is listed for one day. The judges will probably reserve their decision, but if the argument ends early enough they could give their decision the same day”.

Meanwhile, diamantaire Nirav Modi, who was twice denied bail by the Westminster magistrates’ court and is currently lodged in the Wandsworth jail, is due to make a third bid to secure bail in the court on May 8.

According to rules another bail application can only be made if there is a change of circumstances, and Modi is expected to cite new grounds at the hearing before chief judge, Emma Arbuthnot.

“He has had his two bail applications in the lower court. He can only make a third application if he can persuade the court that there has been a change in circumstances. He is arguing a change of circumstances based on new evidence,” the CPS said.

“On 8th May he will have to seek to persuade the Judge that this constitutes a change of circumstances and that he should be permitted to make another bail application”.

Modi last appeared in court via videolink from jail on April 26, when his custody was extended until May 24. The judge also scheduled the next date of extradition hearing for May 30. The prosecution has until May 24 to submit paperwork related to charges against Modi.

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