Vijay Mallya loses UK High Court appeal in extradition case

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In a huge setback to business tycoon Vijay Mallya, the UK high court on Monday dismissed his appeal against his extradition to India over charges of fraud and money laundering worth around Rs 9,000 crore. The case will now go to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel for a final decision.

The 64-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss had appealed to the High Court against his extradition to India at a hearing in February this year.

Lord Justice Stephen Irwin and Justice Elisabeth Laing, the two-member bench at the Royal Courts of Justice in London delivered the judgment remotely due to the current coronavirus lockdown, said an NDTV report.

This is considered as an end game for Mallya, who was arrested on April 18, 2017 as no effective appeal is possible beyond the current decision, says CNBC TV. The report says that either Mallya will be brought back to India within 28 days of the Secretary of State ordering extradition if the appeal is upheld, or Mallya stays on in Britain, with the right to travel beyond England Wales that he is currently confined to.

The final order has come more than three years after India began proceedings. An extradition request was submitted on Feb 9, 2017; Mallya was arrested on April 18, 2017. He has since been on bail.

The CNBC report said that the appeal was allowed on the fundamental question whether Mallya defaulted on loans due to genuine business losses, or whether he defaulted wilfully. He was not allowed to appeal on other grounds he had raised in his defence through the course of the hearings at the Westminster magistrates court through most of 2018.

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