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India urges UK to extradite fugitives Vijay Mallya & Lalit Modi

Indian authorities on Wednesday requested United Kingdom to expedite the extradition processes of estranged liquor baron Vijay Mallya and former IPL boss Lalit Modi so that they can be brought back home to face trials in courts here.

During the third India-UK home affairs dialogue in New Delhi yesterday, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba informed his British counterpart Patsy Wilkinson that India’s extradition attempts against Mallya and Lalit Modi are going on in UK’s courts currently but the government there must also do more on its behalf to help India expedite the process.

Former Kingfisher owner Vijay Mallya has been charged by Indian courts of defrauding banks worth Rs. 9,000 crores. After India began extradition proceedings against him in UK, a consortium of Indian banks also approached British courts and they were granted permission to dispose his assets.

Along with Mallya, India also requested UK to extradite former IPL chief Lalit Modi and cricket bookie Sanjiv Kapur. UK has even been urged to help in locating diamond businessman Nirav Modi, who is said to have been spotted in London following his involvement in the massive Rs. 13,000 crores Punjab National Bank fraud case.

Gauba requested UK to look into issues faced by Indian students and tourists in obtaining visas. He also said UK must not allow its soil to be used for anti-India activities by Kashmiri and Khalistani sympathizers.

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