Getting beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who was released on bail in London hours after his arrest today, deported to India will not be an easy task for the Indian government and may take months of legal and diplomatic battles.
India is hopeful that Mallya will be deported as per UK’s Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) as the arrest by Scotland Yard was made upon India’s request.
If he is brought back, the embattled Indian tycoon, who fleed India in March 2016, will face proceedings under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
- The extradition process from the UK involves a number of steps including a decision by the judge whether to issue a warrant of arrest.
- In case of a warrant, the person is arrested and brought before the court for preliminary hearing followed by an extradition hearing before a final decision is taken by the secretary of state.
- The wanted person has a right to appeal to the higher courts against any decision all the way up to the Supreme Court.
- Mallya’s former lawyer Harish Salve said it will take 4-6 months to extradite him.
- “He will exhaust all his legal options there in UK. There will be argument and arguments on whether he should be extradited or not,” the former Solicitor General of India said.
- The Indian government has given a chargesheet to the British government because a prima facie case of extradition is made out against him but the court will determine whether he should be extradited or not, Slave said.
- “As of now he doesn’t have a passport. He cannot run away from the UK. He will remain under the monitoring of the court till his case of extradition is decided,” he said.
- Last month, setting in motion the process of extradition of Mallya, the British government had certified India’s request and sent it to a district judge for further action.
- “Mallya will be brought back to India. The government is working towards it continuously, no one will be spared,” Minister of State for Finance Santosh Gangwar told India Today.
- Former CBI Director Anil Sinha said Mallya’s arrest was a “success” of law enforcement agencies and that effortsto bring him back would “fructify”. “It is a success of law enforcement agencies. I am confident that efforts to bring him back will fructify,” Sinha told PTI.
- The 61-year-old liquor baron, wanted in India for defaulting on loans, was arrested after he appeared at a central London police station this morning. Earlier in January this year, a CBI court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Mallya in the Rs 720-crore IDBI Bank loan default case.