Vijay Mallya on 12th September is appearing before the London court for the hearing of his extradition case in the London Court where the judge overhearing the case is supposed to review the video sent by the Mumbai Jail cell by the Indian authorities for the tycoon. Vijay Mallya arrived at a London court today for a hearing. The Westminster Magistrates’ Court is expected to hear the final closing arguments in the case, after which the timeline for a ruling is likely to become clearer.
Mallya has been on a bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April last year. Judge, Emma Arbuthnot had, in the previous hearings, stated that the Indian authorities must submit a ‘step by step’ video of the Barrack 12 of Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail for “the avoidance of doubt” over the availability of natural light in the cell where the Vijay Mallya is expected to be detained pre-trial, during trial and when he is convicted by the Indian courts of the crime he has .
While being questioned about today’s hearing Mallya addressed the media by stating that:
“As far as I am concerned, I have made a comprehensive settlement offer before the Karnataka High Court. I hope the honourable judges will consider it favourably; everybody gets paid off and I guess that’s the primary objective,”
The extradition trial, which opened at the London court on December 4 last year, is aimed at laying out a case, prima facie of all the frauds alleged against Vijay Mallya. The aim is to also to prove that there are no “bars to extradition” and that the Mallya is assured of a fair trial in India over the Kingfisher Airlines which he once owned (and has now gone out of business) for alleged defaults of over Rs. 9,000 crores in loans from a consortium of Indian banks.
In Mallya’s defence, his team has deposed a series of expert witnesses to claim he had had no “fraudulent” intentions and that he is ‘unlikely’ to get a fair trial in India.