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