New Delhi, Oct 13: India has to reply to the defence evidence in the Vijay Mallya extradition case before November 3 in a UK court, external affairs ministry said on Thursday. The hearing of the case is scheduled to begin on December 4. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the extradition hearing was tentatively decided for December at a review meeting between India and the United Kingdom officials on July 6.
He said that at the July 6 meeting, the tentative date for extradition hearing was decided to be December 4. Mallya’s bail had also been extended on the same terms and conditions. (Also Read: Vijay Mallya Diverted Most of The Loan Amount to Shell Companies)
“Another case management review hearing was held on 14 September 2017 in which defence evidence was served to UK Crown Prosecution Service for response from Indian side. Indian authorities need to send reply to the defence evidence before 3 November 2017,” said Kumar, reported The Indian Express.
While giving details of the case before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in the United Kingdom, Kumar said that India had submitted the extradition request of Mallya, who is accused of several financial defaults, was handed over to the UK High Commission in New Delhi on February 9. (Also Read: Vijay Mallya Gets Bail After Arrest in Money Laundering Case: A Timeline)
“The extradition request in respect of Vijay Mallya was handed over to UK high commission in New Delhi on February 9, 2017. Mallya was arrested and produced before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on April 1 8, 2017 for extradition hearing and granted conditional bail,” Raveesh Kumar said.
He added that India had submitted defence evidence to the UK Crown Prosecution Service in the Vijay Mallya extradition case at the second review meeting on September 14. “Indian authorities need to send reply to the defence evidence before November 3, 2017,” Kumar said.
Mallya was arrested and produced before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on April 18 by the Scotland Yard on money laundering charges. He was granted bail. He was re-arrested and granted bail till December 4. Raveesh Kumar informed that a pre-trial review meeting is scheduled for November 20.
The former chief of Kingfisher Airlines has been staying in London for nearly a year now. He slipped out of India in March 2016, after a consortium of 17 banks accused him of defaulting loans to the tune of Rs 9,000 crores. The extradition request was made by India in February this year.