London court bails out Indian tycoon Mallya

London court bails out Indian tycoon Mallya

United Kingdom courts have to be convinced that Indian agencies have undeniable evidence, a trial has already started in India and there is no political motive or vested interest behind a person's extradition.

Mallya, 61, secretly fled India in March past year, owing more than US$1 billion (S$1.4 billion) after defaulting on loan payments to state-owned banks and allegedly misusing the funds. "There are coordinated activities of several Indian departments with their British counterparts to make Mallya face charges back in India", an official said. "Extradition hearing in Court started today as expected", Mallya tweeted soon after getting the bail.

On former IPL chief Lalit Modi, he said, "He also escaped from the clutches of Indian law before Mallya".

While no one had been extradited to India in the first 23 years of the India-UK Extradition Treaty of 1993, Britain last year extradited Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel who was wanted by India in relation to the 2002 Gujarat riots, leading to hopes for future successful extradition requests.

The long-drawn procedure begins with an arrest, following which an extradition hearing is held before the District Judge at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Mallya, who frequently has criticized the media, governments and his creditors in Twitter posts, said on the social media site: "I am an global businessman".

"One of the key points that will be raised by his legal team before the English court would be that charging Vijay Mallya as an individual for fraud and default in this case as unfair".

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The Indian commerce ministry, which has been liaising with the United States on the visa issue, declined to comment. The number of applications for H-1B visas fell to 199,000 this year from 236,000 in 2016, according U.S.

The flamboyant businessman, whose now-defunct "The King of Good Times" Kingfisher Airlines owes more than Rs9,000 crore to various banks, had fled India on March 2, 2016.

Subsequently, the agency had sent a formal extradition request in February, which was forwarded to British authorities by the ministry of external affairs.

The judge must decide whether any of the statutory bars in the Act apply in the case, including health and human rights grounds.

"Why did the BJP Government not move for Mallya's deportation instead of extradition?" If required, we will have our own representative in court to push for Mallya's extradition, which is now part of a legal process.

Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar said, "We are now assessing the facts how we can bring him back into the country and start judicial proceedings against him".

"The court usually focuses on whether there is sufficient criminality to extradite someone", said Andrew Smith, a partner at London law firm Corker Binning. They revoked the diplomatic passport to which he was entitled as a member of India's parliament, and issued a warrant for his arrest.

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