India in contact with the UK over extradition of Vijay Mallya: MEA

NEW DELHI: India is in contact with the British authorities over extradition of fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya after he exhausted authorized choices in opposition to New Delhi’s request to the UK to extradite him. “The federal government of India is in contact with the UK relating to the following steps in his extradition course of,” Exterior Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava mentioned on Thursday.

He was replying to a query on Mallya’s extradition to India throughout a web-based media briefing.

Final week, Mallya misplaced his appeals within the UK Supreme Courtroom in opposition to his extradition to India to face cash laundering and fraud fees.

The UK prime court docket’s resolution marked a significant setback to the 64-year-old businessman because it got here weeks after he misplaced his Excessive Courtroom enchantment in April in opposition to an extradition order to India.

Mallya has been based mostly within the UK since March 2016 and stays on bail on an extradition warrant executed three years in the past by Scotland Yard on April 18, 2017.

The Excessive Courtroom verdict in April upheld the 2018 ruling by Chief Justice of the Peace Emma Arbuthnot on the finish of a year-long extradition trial in December 2018 that the previous Kingfisher Airways boss had a “case to reply” within the Indian courts.

Replying to a different query on China’s rising assertiveness in South China Sea, Srivastava mentioned India has an abiding curiosity in peace and stability within the space.

He mentioned there should be freedom of navigation and overflight in South China Sea and variations, if any, ought to be resolved by way of dialogue with out resorting to make use of of power.

China’s aggressive army posturing in South China Sea is seen by many safety consultants as an try to leverage the scenario brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic to push its agenda within the area.

Following China’s rising army presence, the US has despatched further deployment to the South China Sea, a strategically key commerce route linking Southeast Asia.

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