The Hush Post: The Central Bureau of Investigation CBI got a big boost after the United Kingdom’s Westminster Magistrates Court accepted the evidence submitted to it regarding the extradition of Vijay Mallya. July 11 will be the next date of hearing in the case.
Now the oral submissions will be made on closing arguments to be submitted to Judge Emma Arbuthnot in the next two months.
Earlier today, CBI got a boost as the judge confirmed that bulk of the evidence submitted by the CBI is admissible.
Mallya, 62, is wanted to face charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to about Rs 9,000 crore. He is currently on a 6.50 lakh pounds bail since his arrest on an extradition warrant by Scotland Yard in April last.
Though, at the last hearing in the case on March 16, the judge did note that it was “blindingly obvious” that rules were broken by banks in India which sanctioned some of the loans to Mallya.
Towards the end of that hearing, the judge had indicated her decision on the admissibility of evidence would go in favour of admitting some material and excluding some affidavits, which she said did not pertain to the prima facie case of fraud.
Today’s hearing comes days after the Indian government’s High Court appeal against a previous Westminster Magistrates’ Court extradition ruling that had been denied.