Expressing "deep satisfaction" over the London court's judgement on Vijay Mallya extradition case, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said that it will continue to work with the United Kingdom government for early extradition of the liquor baron Mallya. The Westminster Magistrates Court's Chief Magistrate Judge Emma Arbuthnot on Monday ordered the extradition of Mallya after finding merit in the charges of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering registered against him in India.
"We have seen the order of the Court in the case of the extradition of Vijay Mallya to India. We express our deep satisfaction at the judgment and note that justice has been delivered today," said Raveesh Kumar, the official spokesperson of MEA.
Thanking the UK authorities for their help in this matter, Kumar added, "We will continue to work with the UK Government for expeditious implementation of the court order and early extradition of Mallya to India."
Moments after having heard the UK court order his extradition to India, fugitive economic offender Vijay Mallya remained defiant in his defense that he is innocent and told media that he will consider all the legal options present in front him.
Having learnt that the Chief Magistrate Judge Emma Arbuthnot found prima facie a case for fraud, conspiracy and money laundering against him, following which the case has been referred to the Secretary of State, Mallya kept on mentioning that his legal team would look into what needs to be done.
The liquor baron, who has been accused of defrauding Indian banks to a tune of Rs 9000 crore, was presented in front of the Westminster Magistrates' Court where the judge pronounced that he shall be extradited on Monday.
The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss has been on bail since his arrest on an extradition warrant in April last year. He has contested his extradition on the grounds that the case against him is "politically motivated" and the loans he has been accused of defrauding on were sought to keep his now-defunct airline afloat.
(With inputs from ANI)