Extradition processes are supposedly doing the last rounds, and if loan defaulter and fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya, finally touches down Indian soil his address will be a high-security cell in Barrack 12, as per government conveyance to the U.K. Crown Prosecution Services, as reported by The Hindu.
The Indian government was sent a long list of a questionnaire, pertaining to Mallya’s prison conditions if India’s extradition request is granted. Some of the specimen questions were, whether Mallya would be granted a minimum three sq.m. of personal space. Other questions pertained to the cleanliness of his mattress and adequacy of drinking water supply.
The CPS authorities had taken too seriously the descriptions of Arthur Jail in Gregory David Roberts’ novel ‘Shantaram’, and the Indian government had to put in efforts to establish that the novel is a work of fiction, and Mallya would be held in a “unique” part of Arthur Jail.
The CBI along with ED officials had to undertake several journeys to London, to satisfy the queries of CPS prosecutors as prison conditions remains a top priority in extradition proceedings not only in U.K. but throughout E.U.
The status report hails the “excellent cooperation from Indian authorities” and believes that India had “sufficient material to establish a prima facie case.”
Sources: The Hindu and One India
Last time Rahul Gandhi, and this time the loan defaulter Vijay Mallya’s account has been hacked by the Legion group.
The hackers have tweeted a number of posts from his account. They have also claimed that they have details of Malaya’s assets at several banks, and password of various accounts.
The group is also asking for public support and have promised that they will bring more information and justice.
Following this,Mallya said in his post on Twitter
“My account has been hacked by someone called Legion who are Tweeting now in my name. Simply ignore. Will fix this,”
It is not clear what group it is ,but they have asked to support the “@sigaint.org”.
According to the @sigiant.org site, it works as a darknet email service and allows transfer of emails without revealing an individual’s location or identity. It provides service to help journalists and activists. This will help in battling the restrictions that exist on the internet now.
“Legion” used to be a famous hacker group from the US, known as “Legion of Doom”(LOD).
However,it is not confirmed that Legion is following (LOD),but it is quite evident that these people are well aware of the dark world of internet. They are using anything to launch cyber attacks anywhere on earth, including India.
Sources: TOI, NDTV
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In the latest development, a consortium of banks lead by State Bank of India on Thursday filed a petition against businessman Vijay Mallya with the Supreme Court. They moved the petition alleging that the former Kingfisher airline company owner had not disclosed his assets despite the apex court order.
As reported by The Hindu, the consortium has asked the top court to call for an urgent hearing on the case. The request was put forward by counsel of the banks and Attorney-General Mukul Rohtagi.
The bench comprising of Justice Kurian Joseph and Rohinton Nariman have reportedly agreed to hear the petition. The case is scheduled for hearing on 18 July,
According to Scroll, in April, the bench had asked Mallya to cooperate with the banks in recovery of their losses – he owes around 9,000 crore to 17 Indian Banks and is also accused of numerous loan defaulting cases.
Mallya was declared an offender by a special court created under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in June. According to the law, a proclaimed offender is one who absconds despite having an arrest warrant issued against them. This is a prerequisite to have a red corner alert (international crime alert) issued against him.
Meanwhile, the Debt Recovery Tribunal on Wednesday said that its March 7 order restricting transfer of USD 75 million deal from Diageo Plc and two of its subsidiaries to Mallya is “infructuous” as USD 40 million had already been transferred prior to the order date.
Liquor baron Vijay Mallya has stepped down as the Chairman of United Spirits Ltd. giving in to the terms set by the company’s new owner Diageo Plc.
Ending hostility with Diageo, one-time billionaire Vijay Mallya gave up his share holding in United Breweries Ltd. and management ownership in return for 75 million dollars over a period of five years.
The United Spirits boards had initiated a process to axe Mallya as the chairman due to major financial irregularities, in April last year. However, the business tycoon had denied all allegations and had refused to resign. In addition, the UK-based firm will drop all charges of financial misappropriation under the flamboyant businessman’s watch.
Vijay Mallya, who also owns United Breweries, is under a debt of more than one billion dollars from banks in connection with an inexpedient expansion of his firms, including a defunct Kingfisher Airlines.
In 2012, Mallya had given management control to Diageo, selling most of his shares in United Spirits to the manufacturer of Johnnie Walker whisky that now owns approximately 55 per cent of the Indian company. This had happened Diageo at a time when his Kingfisher Airlines was grounded by debt, safety concerns and unpaid staff.
Daigeo announced that Mahendra Sharma will take over as the chairman. He is currently serving as an independent director at the United Spirits board.
Sources: LiveMint, Reuters