Vijay Mallya's extradition likely to be delayed as legal issues need to be resolved first: UK govt
London (United Kingdon) | Jagran News Desk: The British government on Thursday said that the extradition of fugitive Indian businessman Vijay Mallya is not possible anytime soon as there are legal issues that needs to be resolved.
"Under UK law, extradition can't take place until legal issue resolved. The issue is confidential and we can't go into any detail. We can't estimate how long this issue will take to resolve. We are seeking to deal with this as quickly as possible," British High Commission in India spokesperson said, as reported by news agency ANI.
Mallya, who founded the now-defunct Kingfisher airlines, is accused of cheating Indian banks to the tune of thousands of crores of rupees. In 2016, he fled to United Kingdom after being accused of financial irregularities amounting to over Rs 9,000 crore.
Last month, the 64-year-old business tycoon's application to appeal to the UK Supreme Court against a High Court order rejected his appeal against an extradition order to India on charges of fraud and money laundering related to unrecovered loans to his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines.
He had 14 days to file this application to seek permission to move the higher court on the High Court judgment from April 20, which dismissed his appeal against a Westminster Magistrates' Court extradition order certified by the UK Home Secretary.
"The leave to appeal has been filed. We have until May 14 to respond, said a spokesperson for the UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which represents the Indian authorities in the legal process of the extradition.
The leave to appeal to the Supreme Court is on a point of law of general public importance, which according to experts is a very high threshold that is not often met.
India and UK had signed an extradition in 1992 that came into force from November 1993. Two major extraditions have taken place till date-- Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel in 2016 and Sanjeev Chawla this year.
(With PTI inputs)
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