A High Court judge in the United Kingdom on Monday rejected the extradition appeal of fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya, who is facing charges of fraud, money laundering and violation of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).
Mallya appealed against the decision of UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid to extradite him to India.
At the end of a year long extradition trial at Westminster Magistrate’s Court in London last December, Judge Emma Arbuthnot had ruled that the “flashy” billionaire had a “case to answer” in the Indian courts.
The court had also dismissed any bars to extradition on the grounds of the prison conditions under which the businessman would be held, as the judge accepted the Indian government’s assurances that he would receive all necessary medical care at Barrack 12 in Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail.
Kingfisher flag bearer Vijay Mallya left India in 2016 with over INR₹ 9000 crore loans to banks and Kingfisher employees after his airline company buried itself in a deep financial mess.
Mallya will next face an oral hearing on his appeal against the decision.
Source : Various