“That’s none of your business”
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.