Wednesday , 24 January 2018

India seeks UK help for early extradition of Vijay Mallya

LONDON: India on Thursday sought United Kingdom’s (UK) help in early extradition of liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya from Britain to face the law at home in connection with cases of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore.

During the bilateral meeting with UK Minister for Security and Economic Crime, Ben Wallace, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju was made aware about the ongoing case at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court here.

During the talks, the minister sought Britain’s help in early extradition of the fugitive industrialist, the official privy to the meeting said.

“Bilateral meeting with Mr Ben Wallace, UK Minister for Security & Economic Crime was fruitful. We discussed about issues of cooperation in cyber security, radicalisations, extradition of persons wanted by India & UK, sharing of informations,” Rijiju tweeted after the meeting.

The official said Rijiju has pressed for cooperation from Britain in extradition of 13 individuals, including Mallya, former IPL honcho Lalit Modi and alleged cricket bookie Sanjiv Kapur. India also sought legal assistance in prosecution of 16 other alleged criminals.

Rijiju also asked his counterpart not to allow the British territory to be used for anti-India activities by Kashmiri and Khalistani separatists, the official said.

Activities of anti-India Sikh groups in the UK and attempts by extremist groups to radicalise youth also figured in the meeting, which lasted for more than an hour, the official said.

The UK government has reportedly expressed an interest in learning from India’s experiences on Islamist terrorism as a country with one of the largest Muslim population in the world but the smallest number of radicalised elements in the Islamic State (ISIS).

Mallya is wanted in India to stand trial on charges of fraud and money laundering allegedly amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore.

Meanwhile, Mallya appeared in court here on Thursday for his extradition trial but the hearing was inconclusive, as the defence is yet to complete its arguments.

The 62-year-old was back in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, as his defence team sought to argue against the admissibility of much of the evidence presented by the Indian government.

Thursday’s hearing was expected to be one of the final hearings in the case but it remained inconclusive, as the defence is yet to complete its arguments, which seek to demolish the Indian government’s case.

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