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    Making consistent, repeated attempts to get Vijay Mallya extradited: Centre to SC

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    The government on Monday told the Supreme Court that it is making “consistent” and “repeated” attempts to extradite Vijay Mallya, chairman of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines, but it had been stalled by “parallel” legal proceedings underway in the UK.

    At the outset, Mehta shared a letter of the Ministry of External Affairs’ official Devesh Uttam written to him on the status of extradition of Mallya from the United Kingdom.
    New Delhi: The government on Monday told the Supreme Court that it is making “consistent” and “repeated” attempts to extradite Vijay Mallya, chairman of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines, but it had been stalled by “parallel” legal proceedings underway in the UK. While the British government had refused to share details of the extradition process, it had assured New Delhi of a quick decision on the subject, the government told the top court.

    Though there has been no official confirmation so far of the nature of these legal proceedings pending in the UK, legal experts have speculated that Mallya - who has been declared a ‘fugitive economic offender’ in India - may have applied for asylum in the UK after running out of other options.

    Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing before a bench led by Justice U U Lalit, told the court that efforts were being made at the highest executive and political levels to get him extradited. He, however, cited the British response to the Indian government to claim that there was no outer deadline when the British would complete the processes. It had assured India that it would be done as soon as possible, he said.
    ( Originally published on Jan 18, 2021 )
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    5 Comments on this Story

    Praker 45 days ago
    Drama going on since few years..
    Kumar45 days ago
    There is no further use Hounding Business men like Mallya, who was loaned money by Government run banks and had Business losses. Better to settle his case on Payment basis and let him contribute to the economy! Jailing people just for Vendetta or publicity is of no use in these troubled times. Public is suffering because of unemployment and low wages
    Nemani Hanumanta Rao46 days ago
    What is "secret & confidential" after the Highest court in UK had cleared for extradition. Our PM must sit with UK PM Johnson and sort out such secret and confidential matters and make it clear once and for all. Every loan defaulter from Indiana can escape UK and spend luxurious life there for several years.
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