Published: Sat, April 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

"It's another day": Mallya returns to Westminster court for extradition trial

Vijay Mallya was a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, for his home state Karnataka.

Judge Emma Arbuthnot, who had in a previous hearing indicated this was likely to be the case, firmed up that "everything" aside from the LPP email would be taken into account, and that she would reserve judgement on this latter issue.

Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya was back in a United Kingdom court on Friday for a hearing in his ongoing extradition trial.

The 62-year-old liquor baron, who is wanted in India to face charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore, is now on a 650,000 pounds bail since his arrest on an extradition warrant by Scotland Yard in April 2017.

At the premises Westminster court, Vijay Mallya said, "Yes It is my democratic right to vote in Karnataka but conditions of my bail are such that I can not leave the UK".

The conspiracy note submitted to the court sets out various aspects of what Mark Summers, the CPS lawyer representing India, has described as "chapters of dishonesty" on the part of Mallya, who flew out of India in March 2016 as banks owed upwards of ₹9,000 crore by his defunct Kingfisher Airlines closed in on him to recover the dues.

During today's hearing, the judge initially seemed reluctant to allow another hearing, being requested by Mallya's defence team.

The 62-year-old flamboyant businessman, who appeared in the Westminister Magistrate's Court here, had his £650,000 bail extended until the next date of hearing on July 11. It would also try to prove there were no "bars to extradition" and that the tycoon was assured a fair trial in India, said PTI. The defence, represented on Friday by Ben Watson, insisted there were "real issues...a host of issues" from the sovereign assurance given by India on conditions at Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai, where Mallya is to be held, if extradited.

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