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Mallya will be put in ‘secure’ Arthur Road Jail, India to tell UK

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Mallya will be put in ‘secure’ Arthur Road Jail, India to tell UK

The Centre is expected to tell the UK Court that fugitive Vijay Mallya will be put in Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai if his extradition application is allowed. The Home Ministry is expected to convey this decision to the British Court through the Crown Prosecution Services (CPS).

The Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London will be told that it is the duty of the state to ensure security of prisoners and Mallya’s apprehension about threat to his life is “misleading”. The court will be told that the prisons in India are as good as in any other country in the world and prisoners’ rights are fully protected in Indian jails, the officials, who are privy to the responses prepared by the Government, told news agency PTI.

The move came after Mallya’s lawyers said that the fugitive businessman’s life may be in danger if he is extradited to India alleging that there are alleged incidents of human rights violation in Indian jails. Mallya’s lawyers pointed out specific instances of breach of security in Tihar Jail in Delhi, citing many newspaper reports.

The Westminster Magistrates’ Court will start hearing the extradition proceedings on December 4.

The London court will be told that there will be no threat to Mallya’s life if he is lodged in Arthur Road Jail, which is highly secure as per the international standard, rejecting Mallya’s reported apprehension that he will not be safe in Indian jails if sent back home to face trial in the Rs 9,000 crore Kingfisher Airlines loan default cases.

Adequate medical facilities are available to treat the prisoners in Arthur Road Jail, where Mallya will get full security cover as an undertrial prisoner, the court will be told. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba last week had a long meeting with representatives of various authorities, including the Ministry of External Affairs, the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate and discussed responses to be filed in the UK court.

The Union Home Ministry has already conducted an assessment of security cover given to prisoners in the Arthur Road Jail so that its findings could be conveyed to the UK court.

Meanwhile, previous week Mallay’s lawyers also filed a new affidavit claiming that CBI is filled with many corrupt officials. He cited the Sterling Biotech dairies showing payout entries to CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana. Mallya, 61, has been in the UK since March 2016 and was arrested by the Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant on April 18. However, he was soon granted bail by the court. If the judge rules in favour of extradition at the end of the trial, the UK Home Secretary must order Mallya’s extradition within two months of the appropriate day. However, the case can go through a series of appeals before arriving at a conclusion.

India and the UK have an extradition treaty, signed in 1992, but so far only one extradition has taken place under the arrangement. Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel was sent to India last October to face trial in connection with his alleged involvement in the post-Godhra riots of 2002. However, unlike Mallya, he had submitted to the extradition order without legal challenge.



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