In a stunning development and a massive win for India, the UK Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, has signed the order for the extradition of fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya.
It was less than two months back that the Westminster Magistrates’ court had ordered the extradition of Mallya to India, with Chief Magistrate Judge Emma Arbuthnot prima facie finding a case against Mallya for fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.
The order had then gone to the UK Home office for approval.
Govt Sources: 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. https://t.co/hsNsD8ZAip
— ANI (@ANI) February 4, 2019
Mallya has 14 days from today to apply for leave to appeal.
Mallya’s potential return to India would be a crowning achievement following India’s recent successes in extraditing persons connected with various scams. Christian Michel, a middleman in the Agusta Westland scam had been extradited from Dubai in December, and just last week, another Agusta-accused Rajiv Saxena and aviation-lobbyist Deepak Talwar had been deported from the same place after their passports were cancelled.