Liquor baron Vijay Mallya, the who fled India in March 2016, is likely to be brought back to the country soon as the United Kingdom has approved his extradition with UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid signing the required papers.
Mallya has 14 days from February 4 to apply for leave to appeal. The Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 10 December had ordered Mallya’s extradition and the UK Home Secretary had to sign the orders within two months, the deadline for which finished on February 10.
He is also facing money-laundering charges in the United Kingdom after India initiated extradition proceedings against him. Both the ED along with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) having filed several cases for alleged loan default against him. The Westminster Magistrates Court in London on December 10, 2018, had ordered the extradition of Mallya to India, who is facing charges of loan default to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore.
“On February 3 the Secretary of State, having carefully considered all relevant matters, signed the order for Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India,” said a UK Home Office spokesperson. He added, “Vijay Mallya is accused in India of conspiracy to defraud, making false representations and money laundering offences.”
The 63-year-old business tycoon was on January 5, 2019, declared a fugitive economic offender by a special court in Mumbai under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Mallya is the first person to be declared a fugitive so under the PMLA. The court is expected to hear the plea on confiscating his properties on February 5.