Monday, June 08, 2020

Mallya extradition unlikely due to 'legal issue'

After being refused leave to appeal to England’s Supreme Court, fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya ought to be extradited to India by the end of this week. But that is highly unlikely.

Despite UK law saying the British government must him over to the Indian authorities by June 11, the maximum 28 days after his final legal recourse failed, a “confidential legal issue”, has put a road block in the way.

The UK High Commission in Delhi says that Mallya, the former head of both United Spirits and United Breweries, is unlikely to be extradited “anytime soon” because the new issue must be resolved first.

This is widely believed to be an application from Mallya for political asylum In Britain, the evaluation of which could take as long as five years based on previous cases.

Some sources believe, however, that he may be making a case that his health would be put in jeopardy if he was returned to India at the height of the Covid 19 outbreak there.

“We cannot estimate how long this issue will take to resolve,” the UK government spokesman said.

“Under United Kingdom law, extradition cannot take place until it is resolved. We cannot go into any detail. We cannot estimate how long this issue will take to resolve. We are seeking to deal with this as quickly as possible,” the official added.
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