Vijay Mallya extradition: No timetable can be set for Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India, says UK envoy | India Business News
Vijay Mallya (file photo)
NEW DELHI: UK government cannot establish timeline for extradition of fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya Although he is determined to ensure that criminals cannot escape justice across national borders, British High Commissioner Sir Philip Barton said Thursday.
When asked during an online press conference if Mallya had applied for asylum in the United Kingdom, the envoy said that his government never comments on these issues.
“The UK government and the courts, which are independent of the government, are absolutely clear about their role in preventing people from avoiding justice by moving to another country. We are all determined to play our part in any case and to ensure that they are working together to ensure that criminals cannot escape justice across national borders, “he said.
He said that Mallya’s extradition is an ongoing legal case and that the UK government has nothing new about it.
“The extradition of Vijay Mallya is an ongoing legal case and I cannot comment further on it. I cannot say anything about the time scales,” said Sir Barton, responding to a question about when UK authorities are extraditing businessman fugitive to India.
At the same time, the newly appointed envoy said the UK government is aware of the importance India places on the case.
Last month, India said it urged the UK not to consider any request for asylum by Mallya, as there appeared to be no reason for his persecution in the country.
The UK government has previously indicated that Mallya is unlikely to be extradited to India any time soon, saying there is a legal problem that needs to be resolved before his extradition can be arranged.
In May Mallya lost his resources in the UK Supreme Court against his extradition to India to face money laundering and fraud charges.
The UK superior court decision marked a major setback for the 64-year-old businessman, coming weeks after he lost his appeal to the superior court in April against an extradition order to India.
A spokesman for the British high commission here said last month that there was a legal problem that needed to be resolved before Mallya’s extradition can be arranged.
“Under UK law, extradition cannot take place until it is resolved. The problem is confidential and we cannot go into detail. We cannot estimate how long it will take to resolve this problem. We are trying to resolve this as quickly as possible.” the official had said.
Mallya has lived in the United Kingdom since March 2016 and has been released on bail on an extradition order executed three years ago by Scotland Yard on April 18, 2017.
The High Court verdict in April upheld Chief Justice Emma Arbuthnot’s 2018 ruling at the end of a one-year extradition trial in December 2018 that the former head of Kingfisher Airlines had a “case to answer” in court. Indians.