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The extradition of Vijay Mallya is only after a legal issue from the UK government. The British High Commission said that issue is confidential. Mallya applied for an appeal to the UK supreme court in reverse to his extradition to India. He lost the appeal in the court last month.
The talks have been circulating about Vijay Mallya’s comeback to India along with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The news is out about this talk from UK authorities and it is only possible to post the legal issue from the UK government.
A UH High Commission Spokesperson said, “we cannot estimate how long this issue will take to resolve.”
Along with this he added “Vijay Mallya last month lost his appeal against extradition, and was refused leave to appeal further to the UK Supreme Court. However, there is a further legal issue that needs resolving before Mr Mallya's extradition can be arranged”
Mallya remained in the UK since he flew in 2016 from India and remained on bail with an extradition warrant issued three years ago by Scotland Yard on April 18th, 2017.
Senior Judge Emma Arbuthot had issued the cancellation of Mallya’s extradition to India’s appeal in December 2018. The court passed the judgement stating that he is accused of “knowingly misrepresenting” the profitability of his companies when he sought bank loans in 2009.
According to the UK's Extradition Act, an individual must be extradited within the period of 28 days post an order from the high court or supreme court. Whereas, Vijay Mallya made an asylum claim which means- an appeal to stay in the UK as a refugee. According to this rule, a refugee cannot finish the extradition formalities unless the claim is settled. However, it is still a doubt whether Mallya made an asylum claim, said the sources of CBI.
Now, Mallya’s extradition will be decided by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel and she is the one who will take a final decision over the issue.
Mallya is to come to India to repay the borrowed loan of worth 9,000 crore from banks in the name of his Airline company Kingfisher. He borrowed money from nearly 15 banks.
By Ramya C