The UK is making an attempt to resolve as rapidly as attainable the “confidential” authorized problem holding up the extradition of fugitive businessman and former member of parliament Vijay Mallya to India, Britain’s performing excessive commissioner Jan Thompson mentioned on Tuesday.
Extradition proceedings in opposition to the liquor baron concluded in Might after the UK excessive court docket rejected Mallya’s plea to method Britain’s Supreme Court docket in opposition to the transfer to ship him again to India, however the secret proceedings have held up his departure.
Requested concerning the matter at a digital information briefing, Thompson mentioned it wouldn’t be attainable for her to supply a exact timing for Mallya’s extradition. “I feel you might be in all probability conscious, as a result of we’ve mentioned it a lot of occasions, there’s a additional authorized problem that wants resolving earlier than we’d be ready to extradite Mr Mallya.”
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She mentioned the extradition had “been ordered a while in the past”, and it was “tough for me to touch upon it very substantively” as a result of it’s a authorized matter.
“However the extradition can’t happen till that individual authorized problem is resolved. It’s a confidential problem, I can’t say any extra on it. Nor can I estimate how lengthy it should take to be resolved, however what I can is that we’re making an attempt to resolve the difficulty as rapidly as we will,” Thompson mentioned.
India has already mentioned it isn’t a celebration to the “secret authorized matter” within the UK that has held up Mallya’s extradition. Exterior affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava informed a information briefing in October that the key authorized matter “is but to be resolved, and that with out its decision, he can’t be extradited”.
“We aren’t a celebration to this matter and we proceed to be in contact with the UK authorities,” Srivastava had mentioned on the time.
The UK Justice of the Peace’s court docket beneficial Mallya’s extradition on December 10, 2018. Mallya’s enchantment in opposition to this order was dismissed by the UK excessive court docket on April 20 this yr.
Mallya then utilized to the UK excessive court docket for go away to enchantment within the Supreme Court docket and it was rejected on Might 14. He has exhausted all avenues for enchantment.
There was hypothesis in London that the probably problem holding up Mallya’s extradition was an utility for asylum, a course of on which British authorities don’t publicly touch upon particular person instances as a matter of coverage and strict knowledge safety legal guidelines.
Mallya flew to the UK in March 2016 as a consortium of Indian banks, which claims he owes Rs9,000 crore in principal and curiosity on loans prolonged to his defunct Kingfisher Airways, closed in on him to recuperate the cash. He was subsequently declared a wilful defaulter in India.