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UK Court to decide on warrant against Vijay Mallya

Vijay Mallya

New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said the British government has certified India’s request for loan defaulting liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s extradition and a UK court is considering issuing warrant for the same.

“In February 2017, the UK government’s home office conveyed that India’s request for extradition of Mallya has been stratified by the secretary of state,” MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

He added  the UK Home office had forwarded the extradition plea to a district court in order to secure a formal warrant against Mallya.

Mallya fled to Britain in March 2016 after being pursued in courts by banks seeking to recover about Rs 9,000 crore owed by his Kingfisher Airline. Despite multiple injunctions, he has failed to appear before investigators at the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a probe under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

In January, a CBI court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Mallya in the Rs 720-crore IDBI Bank loan default case.

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