In what came as a stunning win for India, the UK Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, has signed the order for the extradition of fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya.
It was less than two months back that the Westminster Magistrates' court had ordered the extradition of Mallya to India, with Chief Magistrate Judge Emma Arbuthnot prima facie finding a case against Mallya for fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. The order had then gone to the UK Home office for approval.
Mallya has 14 days from today to apply for leave to appeal from the High Court.
Vijay Mallya issued his first statement following news breaking of the UK government signing off on his extradition and giving the liquor baron 14 days to file an appeal. Here's his tweet:
Since the Secretary of State has ordered the Vijay Mallya's extradition, the District Court can hear his appeal. In case, the District Judge orders the Mallya's discharge, India can ask the High Court for permission to appeal that decision.
The appeal by India must be made 14 days from the day the order was given by the district judge.
If the High Court allows for the appeal, it will go on to consider it. If it grants permission to the appeal, it means it has quashed the order discharging Mallya and wil l send the case back to the district judge.
The court proceedings could take months
If the High Court quashes the order discharging Mallya, he could also have an option to approach the Supreme Court
If Mallya approaches the Supreme Court within 14 days of the order of the High court. The Supreme Court will consider the appeal only if the case involves a “point of law of general public importance”.
In a scenario where Mallya has to approach the Supreme Court, the procedure could take months.