Vijay Mallya’s extradition case reaches last stage, final hearing today at UK court
62-yr-old Mallya is fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crores.
The extradition case of controversial businessman Vijay Mallya has reached a concluding stage with a final hearing scheduled for Tuesday, when the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on behalf of India and the defence are due to present final submissions.
“The Senior District Judge (Emma Arbuthnot) will hear final submissions. Judgment will be reserved until a future date (to be arranged),” said a spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which is representing the Indian authorities in the case.
At the last hearing in the case on April 27, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had received a boost in the case as Judge Arbuthnot confirmed that the bulk of the evidence submitted by the Indian authorities will be admissible in the case.
The CBI had submitted a detailed set of documents to the UK court, which includes its case of conspiracy against former IDBI Bank Deputy Managing Director BK Batra, who was referred to in court as a new villain of sorts in the case.
The judgment that will include a recommendation to the home secretary under the Extradition Act, 2003, is likely to be delivered in September, when the court resumes after the summer recess; both sides will have opportunities to appeal.
Mallyas defence has raised four objections to his extradition: absence of a prima facie case, extraneous considerations, human rights and abuse of process. These relate to alleged political witch-hunt, prison conditions breaching human rights, inability to get a fair hearing in an Indian court and lack of a case to answer.
Mallya arrived in London on March 2, 2016 in the wake of allegations in India of financial irregularities. Indias extradition request was certified by the home secretary on February 21, 2017; he was arrested and bailed on April 18, 2017.