MEA thanks UK Govt for Mallya’s extradition order
Expressing “deep satisfaction” at the London court’s judgement on Vijay Mallya extradition case, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said that it will continue to work with the UK government for early extradition of the liquor baron.
The Westminster Magistrates Court’s Chief Magistrate Judge Emma Arbuthnot on Monday ordered the extradition of Mallya after finding merit in the charges of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering registered against him in India.
“We have seen the order of the Court in the case of the extradition of Vijay Mallya to India. We express our deep satisfaction at the judgment and note that justice has been delivered today,” said Raveesh Kumar, the official spokesperson of MEA.
Thanking the UK authorities for their help in this matter, Kumar added, “We will continue to work with the UK Government for expeditious implementation of the court order and early extradition of Mallya to India.”
Mallya is wanted in India for alleged loan default to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore for the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. The 62-year-old has the option of moving higher courts against the decision. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) will have 14 days to file an appeal.
The matter of Mallya’s extradition has now been referred to UK’s Secretary of State. (ANI)