Central Bureau of Investigation confirmed that businessman Vijay Mallya who fled to London in March, 2016, after the investigative agencies of India and courts started closing in on him, has been arrested by the UK Police under the MLAT (Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty).
Mallya has avoided several summon notices from Indian courts. He owes over INR 6,000 crore to the consortium of 17 lenders of Kingfisher Airlines.
According to PTI, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) formally submitted papers for Mallya’s extradition to the UK High Commission on Thursday, after acting on the Enforcement Directorate(ED) and CBI’s plea.
“We’ve today handed over the request for extradition of Vijay Mallya as received from the CBI to the UK High Commission in New Delhi. We have requested the UK side to extradite him to face trial in India,” said Vikas Swarup (MEA spokesperson) at a press briefing.
Swarup also added “Honouring the request will be seen as an act of cooperation, as both the countries are bound by a bilateral extradition treaty.”
Later after getting the bail, he tweeted:
Usual Indian media hype. Extradition hearing in Court started today as expected.
— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) April 18, 2017