Mallya had received permission to appeal against his extradition order signed off by former UK home secretary Sajid Javid last February only on one ground, which challenges the Indian government’s prima facie case against him of fraudulent intentions in acquiring bank loans.
CPS lawyer Mark Summers, who is representing Indian government in the case Vijay Mallya case, noted that in extradition cases, British courts are solely required to establish whether the person requested has a prima facie case to answer, not to establish the truth and arrive at a conviction.
Besides, the Crown Prosecution Service on behalf of India on Wednesday insisted that there is “overwhelming” evidence of fraud and decelption on the part of controversial businessman Vijay Mallya, who is facing extradition to face charges of major financial offences.
Vijay Mallya, who is wanted in India for defaulting on crores of rupees in loans, cited a statement by the Prime Minister as he also took a dig at banks over contradictory statements made in British courts regarding the recovery of money he owes them.
The banks are seeking to seize about 258,000 pounds held in Mallya’s ICICI Bank UK Plc account. They have accused Mallya of willfully defaulting on debts of Kingfisher Airlines, which was founded in 2005 and folded in 2012. The UK resident is fighting his extradition to India to face criminal fraud charges.
Vijay Mallya’s extradition case has progressed through the Westminster Magistrates Court, which ordered his extradition in December 2018. An appeals court judge will now decide whether grounds cited in his application merit progressing the case to a full hearing.
Vijay Mallya pointed out in a series of tweets that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government did nothing for him even though he invested crores of rupees into his now defunct Kingfisher Airlines.
Mallya was declared as Fugitive Economic Offender under the FEO Act by special judge, Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) cases, M S Azmi on January 5. The order running into 55 pages was signed on Saturday where the court rejected Mallya’s defence that he wanted to repay his loan.
The latest legal action by SBI and other lenders relates to declaring Mallya bankrupt as part of their efforts to seize his assets in the UK to recover the loans. He is planning to contest the fresh petition which, according him, is “not sustainable”.
A court in the United Kingdom ordered on Monday to extradite Vijay Mallya to India to face charges of financial irregularities running into thousands of crores but the businessman is unlikely to return anytime soon.The 62-year-old former boss of Kingfisher Airlines has been on bail since his arrest on an extradition warrant in April last year. He has contested that the extradition case against him is “politically motivated” and the loans he has been accused of defrauding on were sought to keep his now-defunct airline afloat.Here are the live updates:
A court in the United Kingdom is set to decide on Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India to face charges of financial irregularities running into thousands of crores but the businessman is unlikely to return anytime soon.
Mallya is facing extradition from the United Kingdom to India to face charges of financial irregularities running into thousands of crores. Judgement in the high-profile case is due in the Westminster magistrates court on Monday.