Vijay Mallya Arrested In London, Gets bail
London: Liquor baron Vijay Mallya was arrested and was released on bail in London on Tuesday.
The news threw social media users into a tizzy as the media channels live-streamed the development. Vijay Mallya is wanted in India for defaulting on loans worth Rs 9,000 crore.
The CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) are investigating into his financial dealings separately. It may be recalled that Mallya had refused to appear before courts and investigators in India after he had fled to England in 2016.
The 61-year-old flamboyant businessman, already out on bail on an extradition warrant executed by the Metropolitan Police earlier this year, will be appearing before Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London this afternoon where he is expected to be bailed.
“Vijay Mallya has been arrested on money laundering charges and will be appearing in court today,” the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service spokesperson said.
The CPS will be arguing the case against Mallya on behalf of the Indian government.
Chief Magistrate Emma Louise Arbuthnot has been hearing Mallya’s extradition case at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on his previous arrest warrant executed by Scotland Yard in April.
Mallya’s trial in that case is scheduled for two weeks, starting December 4.
The embattled businessman, who has been based in the UK since he fled India in March last year, is wanted in India for his erstwhile Kingfisher Airlines’ default on loans worth nearly Rs 9,000 crore.
It remains to be seen if both cases will be clubbed together, which may lead to a delay in the trial date.
Mallya had been arrested by Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant on behalf of Indian authorities on April 18.