Mallya case: Pre-trial review of extradition on Nov 20 in UK

| | New Delhi

The pre-trial review of the extradition case filed by the Indian Government against Vijay Mallya, chairman of the United Breweries Limited, is scheduled for November 20 in London. Mallya is wanted in India in connection with a money laundering case being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The Indian authorities have been asked to send reply to the defence evidence, in the case management review hearing, before November 3.

The extradition request for Mallya was handed over to the United Kingdom High Commission in New Delhi on February 9, 2017. Mallya was arrested and produced before the Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on April 18 for extradition hearing and was later granted conditional bail.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, in the first case management review held on July 6 the tentative date for extradition hearing was announced to be December 4, 2017. Mallya's bail was also extended until then on the same terms and conditions.

"In the hearing on October 4, 2017, UK Crown Prosecution Service on behalf of India filed supplemental affidavit in connection with money laundering charges.  Mr. Mallya was re-arrested and granted bail thereafter till 4 December 2017 when extradition hearing is scheduled to commence.  The pre-trial review on the case is scheduled for November 20, 2017," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Thursday.   

In the second case management review hearing held on September 14, the defence evidence was served to UK Crown Prosecution Service for response from the Indian side. The Indian authorities need to send reply to the defence evidence before November 3, Raveesh said.

India is pursuing the extradition case against Mallya with UK government after the investigations by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the ED.

 revealed that Mallya had diverted most of the Rs 6,000 crores he had borrowed from State Bank of India led consortiums of lenders to the shell companies. Mallya has denied these allegations.



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