On February 9, 2017 India sent a formal request to the United Kingdom for the extradition of infamous businessman Vijay Mallya. The spokesperson of the foreign ministry, Vikas Swarup confirmed that the extradition request, which was received from Central Bureau of Intelligence, was transferred to the UK High Commission in New Delhi.
Vikas Swaup said,“Today (Thursday), we handed over the request for extradition of Vijay Vittal Mallya which we received from the CBI to the UK High Commission here. We have requested the UK side to extradite him to face trial in India.”
Swarup also asserted that India has a legitimate case against Mallya and if the extradition request is honoured by UK, it will show the sensitivity towards India’s concerns.
The CBI had moved to court in November 2016 to obtain a non bailable warrant against Mallya. Mallya secretly fled to London in March after defaulting loan payments of more than 1 billion dollars to investors and banks and allegedly misusing the funds.
Since he fled, Mallya has refused to appear before courts and investigators. When the courts in India issued warrants against him, Mallya dubbed it as a witch hunt. Last year, the UK refused to deport Mallya and the latest extradition request will be a test of India-UK partnership.
Mallya meanwhile was sacked on February 8 from the Board of United Breweries, the same firm through which he had control of his business empire.