In December 2018, the London Magistrate Court asked Vijay Mallya to extradite Britain from India. The liquor baron Vijay Mallya arrived at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Tuesday for his appeal against being extradited to India to face fraud and money laundering charges amounting to Rs 9,000 crores. The 64-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss, who remains on bail since his arrest on an extradition warrant in April 2017 avoided the usual scrum of reporters at the court entrance and went in with his lawyers separately.
Earlier in December 2018, the London Magistrate Court had asked fugitive Vijay Mallya to extradite Britain from India. When Vijay Mallya reached the court on Tuesday, he refused to comment on the case. He told the media, “Many happy new year. Glad to see you all here. I cannot comment on this matter. I just came here to listen.” Mallya’s lawyer claimed that there were many errors in the order of the magistrate court. Clare Montgomery stated her argument that she had no intention of cheating when Mallya had asked for some debt for his (now closed) Kingfisher Airlines.
Mallya’s lawyer said that he was not an overnight celebrity but a very rich man and he was not doing any business like a Ponzi scheme but running prestigious airlines which fell victim to financial misfortune with other Indian airlines. India started extradition proceedings against Mallya in 2017, which he opposed. He is currently on bail in London. Chief Magistrate Judge Arbuthnot of the Westminster Magistrate’s Court at that time referred Mallya’s case to Home Secretary Sajid Javed. He also approved extradition in February.