UK Home Secretary approves extradition of Vijay Mallya to India

• UK home secretary Sajid Javid has ordered the extradition of Vijay Mallya on charges of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering offences, the home office said on Monday, in a major blow to the embattled liquor baron.

• He now has 14 days from February 4 to apply for leave to appeal to the UK high court.

• The Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London had found merit in the charges registered against the 63-year-old businessman in India and ordered his extradition on December 10, 2018.

• Javid, the UK’s senior-most Pakistani-origin minister, had two months from that date to sign off on that order.

• The UK home office confirmed on Monday that after considering all matters, the minister had signed Mallya’s extradition order on Sunday.

• On February 3 the secretary of state, having carefully considered all relevant matters, signed the order for Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India.

• Vijay Mallya is accused in India of conspiracy to defraud, making false representations and money laundering offences.

• Mallya is on bail on an extradition warrant executed by Scotland Yard in April 2017 after the Indian authorities brought fraud and money laundering charges amounting to Rs 9,000 crore against him.

• The former Kingfisher Airlines’ boss has earlier indicated that he intends to file an application to appeal against the Westminster Magistrates’ Court verdict.

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Mains Paper 3: Economy

Prelims level: Extradition Case

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