Fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya appeals to UK Home Secy for another route to stay in UK

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Mallya's legal representative made the claim during a hearing into the tycoon's bankruptcy proceedings at the UK High Court in London on Friday.

 

Fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya has appealed to the UK Home Secretary Priti Patel for "another route" to remain in the United Kingdom.

Mallya's legal representative made the claim during a hearing into the tycoon's bankruptcy proceedings at the UK High Court in London on Friday.

65-year-old Mallya has gone through and exhausted the full legal procedures available to him to fight the Indian government's effort to extradite him to India to face charges of defrauding a consortium of banks of more than a billion dollars in relation to the collapse of Kingfisher Airlines in 2013.

He remains out on bail awaiting the UK Home Secretary Patel formally signing off on the extradition. The Home Office has previously said that the delay in signing off was due to a technicality.

The submission was made during Mallya's case at the Companies and Solvency Division of the High Court where he is appealing for substantial funds to be released to him to cover his living expenses as well as the vast legal fees that he has accrued and continues to do so.

Former Kingfisher Airlines chief Mallya was ordered extradited to India in 2018 to face charges of defrauding a consortium of Indian banks out of more than British Pounds 1 billion relating to the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines in 2009. 

That extradition order was upheld on appeal all the way to the UK High Court in April 2020. However, the UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has held off on signing the extradition order due to a legal technicality currently being dealt with by the UK Home Office.

Mallya is also thought to have sought political asylum in the UK. He had sought the release of the funds as he continues his legal battles.

The tycoon had sought the court's approval to use part of the British pounds 2.9 million in proceeds from the sale of a mansion on the island of Ile St Marguerite, a Mediterranean island off the southern coast of the plush French Riviera, within sight of Cannes.

The proceeds from the sale and other assets are held by Mallya are held within the Court Funds Office (CFO) while Mallya battles bankruptcy proceedings against the consortium of banks which includes the State Bank of India (SBI), Punjab National Bank (PNB) and United Bank of India as they try to recoup their losses.

Mallya's lawyer, Philip Marshall had told the court that his client urgently needed the money in order to pay legal fees.

He also said that income that Mallya had depended on through "consultancy" work had also ceased.

 

With inputs from A NI


 

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