Kingfisher Owner, Vijay Mallya’s Extradition Trial to be Held in UK Today

Business tycoon, Vijay Mallya is set to return to Westminster Magistrates’ Court, London today as his trial is set in motion. The liquor baron was granted bail for a hefty sum of 650,000 pounds soon after his arrest by Scotland Yard over fraudulent affairs and money laundering charges earlier this year. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) set off for the Westminster Court where the trial will unfold. India’s pressing case to bring back the defamed businessman, after he fled India in March 2016 due to his inoperative Kingfisher Airlines owing the Indian banks over Rs. 9,000 crore, will be handled by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of the British Government.

According to PTI, CBI sources confirmed that a team headed by Special Director Rakesh Asthana has left for London and will be attending the trial. During Mallya’s numerous appearances at the London Court over the last few months, he explicitly stated that he had done nothing wrong and presumed the allegations against him to be purely “fabricated”.  New18 stated that the trial will be headed by Chief Magistrate Emma Louise Arbuthnot who mentioned her concerns about prison conditions that were “raised in extraditions to India before”. The trial hearings are slotted for hearings until December 14, with December 6 and 8 being marked as non-sitting days so far. The judgment in his compelling case, however, is not expected until early 2018.

Times Now reported that the judge, if in favor of extradition, the UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd must ensure and instruct the eviction within a period of two months. Nevertheless, extradition might be issued only after a series of court appeals. Mallya, however, responded with a resounding “No” when asked in court if he agreed to be extradited to India based on allegations relating to Kingfisher Airlines.

Sources: News18, Times Now

Mallya to find shelter in Arthur Road Jail, govt. confirms UK

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 

Vijay Mallya extradition case: Hearing scheduled in London on July 6

The Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London will hear the extradition case of Kingfisher tycoon Vijay Mallya on July 6.

This decision came after a joint team of India’s Central Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate submitted relevant documents against him.

Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service will represent India in the court and refuted the claims that Indian government’s extradition request was criticised by the chief magistrate.

NDTV reports say that both CBI and CPS were given a period of four weeks by the court to produce evidence.

India made its first formal request to extradite him on February 8. Mallya lambasted this decision of Indian government and had his first hearing on the extradition case on June 13.

The Indian government, on the other hand has left no stone unturned to ensure that there are no gaps in the Mallya case.

Mallya ws arrested by the Scotland Yard in April but was shortly released on a bail bond worth Rs 6,50,000 pounds. The Indian authorities are after him for a long time after he defaulted on re-payment of loan worth Rs 900 crore.

Mallya and controversies go hand in hand. Last week, he grabbed headlines after he made an appearance at the India-SA Champions Trophy match held at the Oval grounds in London and got heckled at the hands of angry Indian fans who called him ‘Chor’.

Sources: Financial Express, Business Standard

India sends a formal extradition request for Vijay Mallya

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.

Sourced from Al Jazeera and TOI

Legion, the hacker group attacks Mallya

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

Image Source: Twitter

 

Banks move Supreme Court against Vijay Mallya

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.

Mallya resigns as Chairman of USL

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: LiveMintReuters