“That’s none of your busi­ness”

India Today - - UPFRONT -

Seem­ingly self-as­sured, ab­scond­ing ty­coon

VI­JAY MALLYA snapped at re­porters out­side a London court­house who dared ask why he wasn’t re­turn­ing home to clear his name. Mo­ments be­fore this, he’d been in­sist­ing on his in­no­cence, that charges of fi­nan­cial

chi­canery to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore were “base­less and fab­ri­cated”. Mallya has told the court that he’s afraid for his life in In­dia and that prison con­di­tions are in­hu­man. His trial is set for De­cem­ber 4 and he has rea­son to be con­fi­dent. Though a treaty has been in place for 25-odd years, only one per­son, ac­cused in the burn­ing alive of 23 Mus­lims in the 2002 Gu­jarat ri­ots, has been ex­tra­dited to In­dia from the UK. It was in Oc­to­ber 2016, and he didn’t con­test his ex­tra­di­tion.

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