Vijay Mallya: UK okays request for his extradition

25 Mar 2017 | Written by NewsBytes Desk; Edited by Supriya
Vijay Mallya in eye of storm again

The UK secretary of state has approved India's request for extradition of Vijay Mallya and sent it to a district judge for consideration of a warrant, announced MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay.

India made a formal request on February 8, saying if it was accepted, it would demonstrate sensitivity towards our concerns.

Mallya would have the right to appeal in higher courts against any decision.

In context: Vijay Mallya in eye of storm again

1983-2005Vijay Mallya and UB Group

Vijay Mallya, at age 28, took charge of the United Breweries Group (UB Group) following his father's death, in 1983.

UB Group had interests in liquor, pharma, paints, agrochemicals etc. and for little over two decades, it continued to grow into a sprawling conglomerate.

In 2005, UB Group made its first foray into aviation and launched Kingfisher Airlines.

Soon after, the trouble began.

2007-2012The beginning of the end

In 2007, Kingfisher's acquisition of a loss making airline, Air Deccan was start of Kingfisher's troubles.

By 2009, Kingfisher posted record losses of Rs. 5000 crore; in 2010, problems worsened when dozens of airplanes were grounded due to engine issues.

Revenues shrank and UB Group came under strain in trying to bail out Kingfisher from mounting massive bank debts.

In 2012 Kingfisher was grounded.

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Declared wilful defaulter

In 2014-2015, failure to repay bank loans of Rs. 8000 crore, a banking consortium of 17 banks declared Vijay Mallya, Kingfisher Airlines and UB Group, as 'wilful defaulter'. Soon after, in March 2016, Mallya left the country and in Nov 2016, was declared an absconder.
Recent key developments in Vijay Mallya case

January 24, 2017Recent key developments in Vijay Mallya case

Last week, pursuant to a CBI enquiry ongoing in Mallya case, several arrests were made.

Former IDBI Bank chairman and 3 officials were arrested on charges of money laundering.

Bank officials were accused of receiving favours as they continued to grant loans to Kingfisher despite its abysmal financial health.

4 former Kingfisher employees have also been arrested for diverting bank-loans for personal use.

25 Mar 2017Vijay Mallya: UK okays request for his extradition

18 Apr 2017Vijay Mallya arrested in London, granted bail in 3 hrs

In what is seen as the first-step toward bringing Vijay Mallya to India, reports have indicated that he was arrested by Scotland Yard in London. The Westminster Magistrates' Court granted him bail in 3 hours.

However, Mallya's extradition hearing will begin. The ED said its agenda was to secure Mallya's court-appearance.

Mallya's legal counsel argued that extradition "would be incompatible with" his human rights.

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09 May 2017SC finds Mallya guilty of contempt of court, summons him

The Supreme Court has found businessman Vijay Mallya guilty of contempt of court, and has summoned him before it on 10 July.

Mallya is currently in the UK and is absconding from Indian security agencies who seek to bring him back to book for defaulting on loans worth thousands of crores.

Mallya owes over Rs. 9000 crore to banks in India.

13 Jun 2017Vijay Mallya's extradition hearing to resume on June 13

On June 13, the Westminster Magistrates Court in London will hear the extradition case of Vijay Mallya, where the Crown Prosecution Service will argue for the Indian government; CBI earlier provided officials necessary documents.

If the judge approves, the case will be sent to the Secretary of State for the next stage of the process.

Mallya will have many chances to appeal.