Where did the evidence come from? Judge hearing Mallya’s extradition asks prosecution
The Hush Post: Declared an absconder by the Indian courts, embattled liquor baron, Vijay Mallya, may not return back to the country anytime soon given the pace of proceedings in the British court hearing his extradition case.
The judge also questions that it was the banks which broke the rules. This observation, it seems, has put the Indian banking system under scanner rather than Mallya.
The Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London is yet to decide, besides other issues, whether or not to admit the evidences submitted against Mallya by the prosecution, stating the case was a “jigsaw puzzle” with different pieces of “massive evidence”.
Mallya’s counsel had argued that some of the evidence provided by India was not admissible, prompting Judge Emma Arbuthnot to seek an explanation from the Crown Prosecution Service representing the Indian government as to where the concerned evidence had come from, adding that the court also received an “unsolicited” email in Hindi from India.
Much to the chagrin of Indian authorities, Judge Arbuthnot also observed that the Indian banks ‘broke rules’ to finance his now defunct Kingfisher, saying it was “blindly obvious”.
The court will now consider additional evidence on April 27. The final verdict is expected to be pronounced by May this year.
62-year-old Mallya is wanted in India on charges of fraud and money laundering to the tune of Rs 9,000 crores. He left India in March 2016 and is in the United Kingdom since. India has requested extradition of the businessman.