Mallya won’t face threat to life in jail if ex­tra­dited, says In­dia

The Hitavada - - NATION -

IN­DIA will soon con­vey to a Bri­tish court that fugi­tive liquor baron Vi­jay Mallya will not face any threat to his life in jail, if ex­tra­dited in con­nec­tion with a Rs 9,000 crore loan de­fault, of­fi­cials said.

The In­dian Gov­ern­ment’s as­sur­ance will be con­veyed to the West­min­ster Mag­is­trates’ Court in Lon­don through the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice (CPS) which is ar­gu­ing the ex­tra­di­tion case of Mallya on be­half of the In­dian Gov­ern­ment.

The de­ci­sion has been taken at a high-level meet­ing chaired by Union Home Sec­re­tary Ra­jiv Gauba and at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous au­thor­i­ties, in­clud­ing the Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs on Mon­day, a Home Min­istry of­fi­cial said.

The meet­ing de­lib­er­ated on the re­sponse to be filed in the UK court, re­ject­ing Mallya’s ap­pre­hen­sion that he will not be safe in In­dian jail if sent back to In­dia to face trial in the Rs 9,000 crore King­fisher Air­lines loan de­fault cases.

With a de­tailed as­sess­ment of se­cu­rity cover given to pris­on­ers in Mum­bai’s Arthur Road jail and Delhi’s Ti­har jail, the In­dian Gov­ern­ment will tell the UK court that when ex­tra­dited, Mallya may be lodged in Arthur Road jail where he will get full se­cu­rity cover as an un­der­trial pris­oner, the of­fi­cial said.

The West­min­ster Mag­is­trates’ Court will start hear­ing the ex­tra­di­tion pro­ceed­ings from De­cem­ber 4 and a re­ply by In­dia would be filed in the next few days. The Bri­tish court will be told that pris­on­ers, both un­der trial and con­victed, get full se­cu­rity cover.

It is the duty of the State to en­sure se­cu­rity and Mallya’s ap­pre­hen­sion about threat is “mis­lead­ing”, In­dia will tell the court.

By mak­ing such al­le­ga­tions, Mallya is try­ing to save him­self from get­ting ex­tra­dited to In­dia to face the trial in a case of cheat­ing a con­sor­tium of banks, an­other of­fi­cial said.

Mallya has been in the UK since March 2016 and was ar­rested by the Scot­land Yard on an ex­tra­di­tion war­rant on April 18.

How­ever, he was soon granted bail by the court.

If the judge rules in favour of ex­tra­di­tion at the end of the trial, the UK Home Sec­re­tary must or­der Mallya’s ex­tra­di­tion within two months of the ap­pro­pri­ate day.

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