UK home secretary Sajid Javid has ordered the extradition of Vijay Mallya to India on charges of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering offences the home secretary office said on Monday. Mallya has now 14 days from 4th of February 2019 to apply for leave to appeal to the UK High Court.
The Westminster Magistrates‘ Court in London has found credibility in the charges that are registered against the 63 years old businessman from India and thus ordered his extradition on December 10th 2018.
Javid who is the UK’s senior-most Pakistani origin minister has signed Mallya’s extradition order on this Sunday. The UK home office has confirmed the news, “On February 3 the secretary of state, having carefully considered all relevant matters, signed the order for Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India,” the spokesperson further added, “Vijay Mallya is accused in India of conspiracy to defraud making false representations and money laundering offences.”
Indian authorities have brought fraud and money laundering charges amounting to 9,000 crores against Vijay Mallya. Since April 2017 Mallya is on bail on an extradition warrant executed by Scotland Yard.
“Dr Mallya has now been able to consider the court’s decision and intends to file an application for permission to appeal at the appropriate time,” said Anand Doobay, Partner at UK-based Boutique Law LLP, who has been Mallya’s solicitor through the extradition process.
According to sources, India has welcomed
the decision of the UK government and is hoping for an early completion of the
process. “We have
taken note of the decision of the UK home secretary to sign on the order for
Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India. While we welcome the UK government’s
decision in the matter we await the early completion of the legal process
for his extradition,” they said.