The Hush Post|9:03 pm|one-minute-read| Absconding business tycoon, Vijay Mallya, who is facing extradition proceedings in the UK courts, was surrounded by Indian fans and greeted with ‘chor hai chor-hai’ slogans outside The Oval on Sunday.
The incident took place when he was making his way out of the stadium after watching the World Cup match between India and Australia.
#WATCH London, England: Vijay Mallya says, "I am making sure my mother doesn't get hurt", as crowd shouts "Chor hai" while he leaves from the Oval after the match between India and Australia. pic.twitter.com/ft1nTm5m0i
— ANI (@ANI) June 9, 2019
Mallya along with his mother Lalitha walked out of the stadium and that is when crowd chanted ‘chor hai’ slogans. Asked how he would respond to the slogans, Mallya deflected, “I am making sure my mother doesn’t get hurt.”
Mallya watched the entire match between India and Australia at The Oval and did not respond to the questions regarding his extradition.
He told ANI, “I am here to watch the game,” and added that “preparations are underway for the next hearing scheduled in July.”
On April 8, a UK court had denied permission to the fugitive businessman to appeal against his extradition order to India to face trial for alleged fraud and money laundering amounting to Rs 9,000 crore.
The 63-year-old liquor baron had approached the court against the February 5 order signed by the UK Home Secretary approving Mallya’s extradition.
The rejection of Mallya’s appeal is seen as a positive development for authorities in India who have been pushing for the extradition over charges of loan frauds, money laundering and other economic offences.
A major breakthrough was achieved on December 10 when the Westminster Magistrate’s Court found merit in the charges registered against Mallya in India and approved his extradition.
As per the case lodged by the Enforcement Directorate, Mallya had allegedly paid USD 200,000 to a British firm and some European countries for displaying the logo of his now defunct Kingfisher airline in Formula One World Championships in London in 1996, 1997, and 1998.