India Pitches For Early Extradition of Liquor Baron Mallya

The Indian officials are pitching for the early extradition of fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya.

New Delhi: The Indian officials are pitching for the early extradition of fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is facing cases of bank loan default to the tune of Rs. 9,000 crores.

The Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi during his talks with at the British Home Office on Thursday with British counterpart, Patsy Wilkinson, asked him to expidite the extradition of Mallya.

Apart from the extradition, both officials discussed sharing of intelligence inputs, particularly with regard to the ISIS and presence of Sikh militant elements in the UK in their two-hour long meeting, according to a new agency.

Even matters relating to the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, strengthening of the intelligence sharing mechanism and visa related issues were also deliberated upon, the sources said.

India has been asking for the extradition of Mallya, 61, who is living in Britain since last year. The Scotland Yard arrested him last month. However, he was released on bail by a London court.

Mallya, who owes more than nine thousand crores to various banks, fled India last year. Though an extradition treaty was signed in 1992 between India and UK, only one extradition took place under this treaty.

A person involved in the post-Godhra riots of 2002, was sent back to India last October to face trial. India has given a formal extradition request for Mallya in February.
India is also pitching for establishing one on one contact between investigating agency in India and the Crown Prosecution or Department of Prosecution, as it would be easier to put up evidence before the concerned judge.

India also promised to drop cases against a Bangladeshi national lodged in Assam, so that he can be extradited to the UK. In return India expects reciprocity.

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