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India-UK home secretaries meet in New Delhi, discuss Vijay Mallya’s extradition

STORY: Indian Home Secretary, Rajiv Mehrishi met his his British counterpart, Patsy Wilkinson in New Delhi on Thursday (May 04)

Reportedly, during the meeting Mehrishi pressed New Delhi’s demand for early extradition of flamboyant businessman Vijay Mallya, who has long been pursued by Indian authorities over unpaid loans tied to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines.

Mallya, 61, was arrested on April 18 in London on behalf of the Indian authorities over accusations of fraud and appeared in Westminster Magistrates’ Court but was later granted bail.

India and Britain have a mixed record on extradition, say legal experts. Some cases have collapsed when evidence against the defendant fell short of the standard of
“dual criminality”, or actions that amount to a crime in both countries.

The criminal case against Mallya was only filed this year. If his legal team argues persuasively that the charges were filed as an act of revenge, that might sway the court in his favour, legal experts say.

Mallya co-owns the Force India Formula One team. He has a base in London as well as a country home bought from the father of triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton. He attended just one of 21 races last year, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, and watched the rest from a ‘control room’ in his country mansion.

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