UK declines to deport Vijay Mallya, ready for mutual legal assistance
Britain told India that it can not deport the liquor baron Vijay Mallya who is facing charges of money laundering charges in the country. UK government made this response a fortnight after India made a request for the deportation of Mallya, whose Indian passport had been invalidated by the government.
Vijay Mallya’s passport was cancelled last month by the Indian government.
“The UK Government has informed us that under the 1971 Immigration Act, the UK does not require an individual to hold a valid passport in order to remain in the UK if they have extant leave to remain as long as their passport was valid when leave to remain or enter the UK was conferred,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a statement.
“They have asked the Indian government to consider requesting mutual legal assistance or extradition,” the statement added.
However the British government expressed their concern over the seriousness of the allegations raised on Mallya by the government of India. Britain also said it is ready to assist India in the investigations, and ‘extradition’ is possible if evidence against him produced in a British court.
The extradition can happen under the 1993 treaty or any other necessary assistance under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) signed in 1992 between India and the UK.
Mallya owes more than Rs 9,000 crores to Indian banks. After he left, he has ignored three summonses by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in relation to a money laundering case. Since then, court has also issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against the him.