Liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who owes Rs 9,000 crore to various banks, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London for his extradition trial that started on December 4. The court was told that the fugitive tycoon has a case of fraud to answer in India and he should be sent back to stand trial. In the next eight hearings, which will end on December 14, the court will be asked to decide whether to extradite the 61-year-old. Mallya, who left India in March 2016, is out on a 650,000-pound bail bond following his arrest on money laundering charges. He was put under procedural arrest by Scotland Yard on October 3.
However, due to some delay in his hearing, Mallya, wearing a well-tailored suit and freshly barbered hair, confronted the media outside. Facing the reporters, he briefly proclaimed that he had done nothing wrong, and termed the allegations as baseless and unfounded. He said he’ll give his answers to the judge .
Republic TV also spoke to him outside the Westminister Magistrate Court, however the businessman was reluctant to answer most of the questions.
Keen to get an answer from Mallya, journalist Arnab Goswami tried to speak to him through the phone of the channel’s reporter. The reporter switched the call to the speaker phone so everyone could hear. However, when Mallya ignored the call of Arnab, the journalist said this:
“Two years ago you tweeted that Arnab Goswami should be in jail, now the people of India want to see you behind the bars. The country wants to see you in clothes of prisoners. Your right place is in Arthur Road jail in Mumbai.”
Here is what happened:
— Republic (@republic) December 4, 2017
Calling it a watertight case against Mallya, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate have filed two separate charge-sheets in the UK over Mallya’s alleged money laundering. Mallya is wanted in India for cases relating to foreign exchange violation, debt recovery and embezzlement.
When extradited, fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya will be lodged in a high-security cell in Barrack number 12 of Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai.