India’s plea for deporting Vijay Mallya has been rejected by the UK according to the report of ‘The Hindu’. According to this report, he has a valid UK visa and he is even named in an electoral roll there, so the UK could not deport him even though Indian authorities have canceled his passport. Mallya is a NON-Resident Indian.
An external affairs minister statement revealed, “The Government of UK had versed us that the UK doesn’t require an individual to hold the valid passport in order to remain in the country under Immigration Act 1971. They can only deport Mallya if the Visa is canceled or is over.”
The banks & the probe agencies have tried their best to bring Mallya to books ever since he has left the country. There have been consistent speculations that Mallya will go the Lalit Modi way.
Vijay Mallya’s defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes 9000 crore INR to host Indian banks. The liquor baron is now been investigated by agencies for any alleged financial irregularities in different transactions. Before the banks could move to Supreme Court seeking Mallya’s detention from the country, he fled to the UK on March 2.
Most of the legal experts are pointing to previous cases where Indian government failed to bring back criminals and absconders like Abu Salem, Iqbal Mirchi, and Nadeem Saifi.
Majeed Memon told CNBCTV18, “Now, it has been very late for the Indian government to rise and wake up. It is not going to be that easy in the UK to bring Mallya back as human right laws are strong there. It will be a time consuming and money consuming exercise”.
The Hindu report also says, “UK officials have consented to think extraditing Vijay Mallya under 1993 treaty signed with India”.
Mallya can be only surrendered once he is convicted. Mallya can also take a legal recourse against the extradition in the UK. He can even try to prove that the Indian authorities are very biased against him.
In his resignation letter from Rajya Sabha, Mallya said, “Since I don’t want my reputation and name to be dragged in mud further, and since the latest events suggest I will not be getting fair justice, I am resigning as a member of the Rajya Sabha.”
If he is able to prove this bias then Mallya will become another Lalit Modi.