Vijay Mallya's extradition case to be heard today

The 61-year old Vijay Mallya, who defaulted Indian banks of 9000 Crore, was interrupted several times by Indian cricket fans and protestors by calling him "chor.chor.chor gaya chor", prompting no reaction from him. Mallya who was arrested in April was immediately released on bail after he paid a bond of 650,000 Pounds.

Despite the extradition treaty signed in 1992 between India and the United Kingdom, only one successful extradition has taken place - Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, who was sent back to India in October 2016 to face trial over his involvement in the post-Godhra riots of 2002, the report says. During his visit to London earlier this year, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley highlighted the seriousness with which India was taking the issue of defaulters, without making a direct reference to Mallya. These include when the court is satisfied that a case was being pursued on the grounds of race, religion, nationality or public opinion, or the accusations were not made on good faith in the interests of justice, or were "trivial in nature". The court's decision is appealable.

In an embarrassing situation for fugitive business tycoon Vijay Mallya, he was on Sunday booed at the India-South Africa Champions Trophy match by cricket fans who were heard shouting "chor, chor" (thief, thief). An extradition hearing is said to take place today.

If the hearing is held as per schedule Tuesday, Britain's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will be arguing on behalf of India at the Westminster Magistrates' Court.

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  • Arturo Norris