Embattled Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya, who is wanted in India on loan defaults to several banks, today claimed that he has “enough evidence” to plead his case as he appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court here for his extradition case hearing.
The 61-year-old former chief of erstwhile Kingfisher airlines, who has been out on bail since his arrest in April, arrived for the hearing in Court Room 3 after a number of other extradition cases on schedule for the day.
“I have not eluded any court…I have enough evidence to prove my case,” Mallya told reporters outside the court.
“You can keep dreaming about the million pounds provided you have facts to justify your question. You don’t know the facts so don’t ask irrelevant questions,” Mallya, who is wanted in India on loan defaults to several banks, told reporters.
Mallya’s defence team is being led by the firm Joseph Hague Aaronson LLP. They have instructed barrister Clare Montgomery, a specialist in criminal, regulatory and fraud law, to argue in court on their behalf.
The CPS have instructed Mark Summers to act as barrister for the CPS Extradition Unit and the Government of India. Summers is a leading expert in extradition and international law matters.
“There might be a few more hearings in this case in the coming months to deal with case management or any issues that arise, before the final hearing takes place, at which the full arguments from both sides in this case will be heard by the Judge, explained Jasvinder Nakhwal, partner at Peters and Peters Solicitors LLP and member of the UK’s Extradition Lawyers Association.
Last week, Mallya was welcomed with chants of “chor, chor” by Indian cricket fans as he arrived to watch the India vs South Africa Champions Trophy match at The Oval cricket ground in London. However, he denied that too:
I was not called a thief that day by crowd at Oval ground.Two drunk ppl were shouting but several others came&wished me well:Vijay Mallya pic.twitter.com/m5DHSF2HHK— ANI (@ANI_news) June 13, 2017
What is the case against Mallya?
Mallya, who is wanted in India for Kingfisher Airlines’ default on loans worth nearly Rs 9,000 crores, has been in the UK since March 2016 and was arrested by Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant on April 18.
He had attended a central London police station for his arrest and was released on conditional bail a few hours later after providing a bail bond worth 650,000 pounds, assuring the court of abiding by all conditions associated with extradition proceedings, such as the surrender of his passport and a ban on him possessing any travel documents.