Update on extradition of Vijay Mallya

Press Release
New Delhi, 06.07.2017

The fugitive Vijay Mallya is an accused in Case No. RC BSM 2015 E 0006. The charge sheet was filed on 24.01.2017 before the Court No. 51 Special Judge for CBI Cases, Mumbai. The Court issued a non-bailable Warrant of arrest on 31.01.2017. The request for Extradition of Vijay Mallya was forwarded on 09.02.2017 to UK authorities through diplomatic channels. All the evidence regarding falsities, misstatements and false representations of Vijay Mallya, Kingfisher Airlines Limited (KAL) and officials of KAL had been forwarded to the authorities of UK. The UK authorities served the evidence to the defence counsel on 05.07.2017.

The Indian authorities/agencies liaised closely with the prosecutors of Crown Prosecution Services (CPS) to finalise the evidence establishing a prima facie case of conspiracy to defraud the lenders. The senior officials of Government of India visited London and interacted with the authorities of CPS over a period of time to underline the important aspects of the case and to emphasize the need for an expeditious hearing in the interests of justice for the criminal proceedings in India.

During the Case Management Hearing on 06.07.2017, the leading counsel of CPS Mr. Mark Summers QC made a strong case for an early Extradition Hearing on the basis of Indian Government Request. Acknowledging the excellent cooperation from Indian authorities, Mr. Summers submitted that they had sufficient material to establish prima facie case. When he invited the court to fix an early date, the defence counsel opposed the same. Senior District Judge fixed the following timelines:

31.07.2017

Opening Statement by Prosecution

11.09.2017

Submission of defence evidence

14.09.2017

Review of defence evidence

03.11.2017

Response from Indian Authorities

17.11.2017

Skeleton argument* by Defence Counsel

04.12.2017

Extradition Hearing

*A skeleton argument is a written document provided to the court in advance of the hearing which summarises the issues to be addressed and the authorities to be relied upon.

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