CBI, ED Officials Reach London To Pursue Vijay Mallya’s Extradition Case

The noose around liquor baron Vijay Mallya is tightening, as investigators reach London to pursue the case.

New Delhi:  The noose around liquor baron Vijay Mallya is tightening, as the officials of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) have doubled down their efforts to catch him.

On Tuesday, CBI top officials, including Deputy Director Rakesh Asthana, reached London to pursue the extradition case of Mallya.

A team of officials belonging to CBI and ED will hold talks with the British prosecutors who have been pursuing the extradition of Mallya, who owes Rs 9,000 crores to a consortium of 17 Indian Banks.

Apart from the efforts being made by the investigating agencies in the UK, sources say that Mallya’s extradition would also be discussed during talks between Home Secretaries Rajiv Mehrishi and Amber Rudd, who is likely to visit India later this week.

The agency is working to counter any possible move by the liquor baron, seeking a political plea to halt his probable extradition. The officials are working both in London and in Delhi in trying to checkmate him.

The investigating agencies are not only coordinating with each other, but also with the prosecutors in London. They are also briefing the top authorities to plug loopholes that Mallya could use to stop his extradition.

The Scotland Yard Police in London arrested Mallya on April 18, upon the request made by India to extradite him from Britain. However, he was released on bail in a few hours.

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