Vijay Mallya extradition case: Judge reserves verdict for December 10

Leroy Wright
September 13, 2018

The ruling on whether Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya can be extradited from Britain to India to face fraud charges will be given on December 10, a London judge said on Wednesday, after she heard closing submissions in the case. Today Mallya spoke to reporters outside London's Westminster Magistrates' Court, where his extradition case is being heard. Congress added, the Finance minister must reveal details of his alleged meetings with Jaitley.

Former Union finance minister Yashwant Sinha, who recently left the BJP and is now in the Opposition camp, said: "Not only the finance minister, the entire BJP must come clean on its relations with Vijay Mallya". Jaitley also issued a clarification over the matter in his Facebook post. "I did not have any formal meeting scheduled with him".

Rahul Gandhi called Mallya's claim "extremely serious allegations".

He wrote, "Since he was a Member of Rajya Sabha and he occasionally attended the House, he misused that privilege on one occasion while I was walking out of the House to go to my room".

On being asked how he plans to repay the banks with his assets being frozen, Mallya said that the decision in this regard will have to be taken by the Enforcement Directorate.

Rahul Gandhi also questioned Arun Jaitley's silence for nearly two-and-a-half years over his alleged meeting with Mallya.

Attacking Rahul Gandhi at a press meet, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson Sambit Patra, showing a purported confessional statement of a hawala trader, who alleged that the Congress chief had links with a shell company.

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One can forget about Mallya's talk with Jaitley about the settlement part, this was anyway not acceptable for banks since Mallya was offering much less than what the banks claimed he owed them. "I did not even receive the papers that he was holding in his hand".

"This is a totally unnecessary controversy created by friends in the media".

The claim made by Mallya, facing charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to Rs 9,000 crore, has triggered a political storm, with the Congress saying the government must explain how and why Mallya was allowed to leave India.

He said Mallya's claim is a vindication of the Congress's stand that the government always knew about the fleeing defaulters. The second time it was done by the request of the government, he added, citing what he said were letters from the Reserve Bank of India.

Sure there is nowhere back for Vijay Mallya, as he looks increasingly likely to be extradited back to India.

Mallya has been on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April past year, responded to the swarm of reporters gathered outside the court in his characteristic manner, saying the "courts will decide". "Do we need anymore proof that this govt.is in the pocket of crony capitalists".

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