Vijay Mallya Can’t Be Extradited Till Resolution Of Secret Legal Matter, U.K. Tells India
Vijay Mallya, founder and chairman of Kingfisher Airlines Ltd., stands outside during a break in his extradition hearing in London, U.K. (Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

Vijay Mallya Can’t Be Extradited Till Resolution Of Secret Legal Matter, U.K. Tells India

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The U.K. has conveyed to India that fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya cannot be extradited till the resolution of a "secret legal" matter, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday.

India has been pressing the U.K. to extradite Mallya after he lost his appeals in the British Supreme Court in May against his extradition to India to face money laundering and fraud charges.

"Now, we have been told that there is a secret legal matter and that his extradition cannot take place without its resolution... We are in touch with the U.K. government," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said at a media briefing.

He said New Delhi has been in constant touch with the U.K. government after Mallya exhausted all legal remedies against his extradition to India.

Also read: ‘Secret’ Extradition Proceedings Going On To Bring Vijay Mallya: Centre Tells Supreme Court

The U.K. top court's decision marked a major setback to the 64-year-old businessman as it came weeks after he lost his high court appeal in April against an extradition order to India.

In June, India urged the U.K. not to consider any request for asylum by Mallya as there appeared to be no ground for his persecution in the country.

The U.K. government had indicated that Mallya is unlikely to be extradited to India anytime soon, saying there is a legal issue that needed to be resolved before his extradition can be arranged.

Mallya has been based in the U.K. since March 2016 and remains on bail on an extradition warrant executed three years ago by Scotland Yard on April 18, 2017.

The High Court verdict in April upheld the 2018 ruling by Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot at the end of a year-long extradition trial in December 2018 that the former Kingfisher Airlines boss had a "case to answer" in the Indian courts.

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