Thursday, June 04, 2020

Vijay Mallya May Escape Extradition to India For Some More Time as UK Government Hints at ‘Further legal Issue’

New Delhi: Fugitive businessman and founder of the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines Vijay Mallya can escape his extradition to India for some more time. He cannot be sent back until a “further legal issue” is resolved, British High Commission said on Thursday. The Commission added that this “issue” is confidential and cannot be disclosed. Further, the duration for resolving the issue cannot be estimated either, it asserted.

“Under UK law, extradition can’t take place until legal issue resolved.The issue is confidential & we can’t go into any detail.We can’t estimate how long this issue will take to resolve. We are seeking to deal with this as quickly as possible,” the High Commission said.
As of now, Mallya remains out on bail in England. Sources in London said that Mallya is likely to use all his heft to thwart the extradition process.
A top Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officer told news agency IANS on condition of anonymity, “Mallya is going to exploit all legal remedies. First the official order has to come out and Indian Mission has to be informed.”

The officer said the investigating agencies are aware of the possibility that Mallya, being a former Rajya Sabha Member, could seek political asylum in the UK. They said they had information to this effect.

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