A video of the Barrack 12 of Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail wherein Vijay Mallya would be lodged if he is deported to India, was played in London's Westminster Magistrates' court on Wednesday for a review by the judges during Mallya's final extradition hearing. During the recess, Vijay Mallya stepped out of the court only to be surrounded by a horde of reporters. When he was asked about his take after seeing the video of Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail, Mallya cheekily said, “very impressive”.
“The jail video. I have seen it, seems impressive. I leave it to you to make your judgment,” said Mallya.
During the hearing, after seeing the video, Vijay Mallya’s lawyer said that they need to visit the prison as he believed that someone has done a ‘clean-up job before the video was shot.’
"Someone has done a hasty, clean-up job before the video was shot. Fresh paint, looks like a new toilet," said the lawyer.
The lawyer also alleged that the photo looked falsified to him with ‘artificial lighting’, adding "the gloom that settles on this building. It is encased in what is effectively a steel oven. Conditions aren't humane."
Meanwhile, as per the video submitted by the Indian government, Mallya has been provided scores of facilities in his Arthur Road jail’s barrack no.12, namely, ‘adequate sunlight, TV, bed, personal toilet, access to library and a courtyard’.
The video was submitted in the court after Judge Emma Arbuthnot, during the last hearing, had asked the Indian authorities to submit a “step by step video” of the Barrack 12 of Arthur Road Jail for “the avoidance of doubt” over the availability of natural light in the cell where the businessman is expected to be detained pre-trial, during trial and in the event he is convicted by the Indian courts.
Earlier on July 31, unexpected turn of events occurred during the Vijay Mallya extradition hearing in the Westminster Magistrates court in London. Even though the final argument in the case couldn't be heard, as was discussed earlier, the main talking point in the hearing was a rather amusing and bizarre one, as it was focussed on Vijay Mallya's 5-star jail demands.
During the hearing, there was a detailed discussion on the condition of the jail - Mumbai's Arthur Road jail Barrack 12, wherein Vijay Mallya would be lodged if he were to be extradited to India. Mallya's counsel, during the hearing, raised the concern of overcrowding in the jail and also presumed that the condition of the lavatory inside the jail would be dismal. His counsel also raised concern about the condition of the bedding and accommodation in the jail barrack.