MICHEL’S LAWYERS PLANNING TO MOVE ICJ AGAINST EXTRADITION
Michel’s team is seeking to convince the British government and the media that in spite of not being guilty, as the Italian court judgement shows, he was extradited, which was illegal.
In order to prove his extradition illegal, Michel’s defence team is relying on the argument that he was sent to India because of the “good relationship Prime Minister Narendra Modi enjoys with the UAE government”.
Government of India is likely to accept the British government’s request of providing consular access to Michel. This was requested by the British officials as soon as Michel landed in India on Monday night. Michel’s extradition is likely to impact the case of fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya, who has taken shelter in the UK, while fighting off his extradition to India.
Sources added that the extradition of Mallya, apart from resting on the judgement of the British court, greatly depends on the “attitude” of the British government towards the matter.
“If the British media is convinced that Michel was extradited illegally, their government will come under a lot of pressure not to extradite Mallya and adopt a hostile approach in this case,” an official source said. Whether this will have any effect on the Government of India is an open question.