In a big development of Vijay Mallya extradition case,UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid today has signed the order to extradite Mallya to India. Mallya has a 14-day window to appeal to a higher court. According to the various sources, the entire procedure to bring back Mallya to India may take atleast 7-8 months if he uses all his legal options.
The UK Home Office confirmed that Sajid Javid have considered all relevant matters that signed the order on Monday i.e. February 4.
Vijay Mallya was facing the charges of fraud, money laundering and violation of Foreign Exchange Management Act. The 62-year-old liquor baron has defaulted to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 10 December sent the case of Vijay Mallya to the house Secretary for a choice on whether to order extradition.
In December, the businessman told reporters soon after the ruling by Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot in London, that he would consider the decision intimately and choose his next course of action. His legal team confirmed that he will seek leave to appeal against the court order.
Union minister Arun Jaitley tweeted “Modi government clears another step to urge Mallya extradited while Opposition rallies round the Saradha Scamsters.”