Vijay Mallya Case: Hearing Adjourned After In-depth Discussion Over State Of Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail's Barrack 12. Sensational Details Here

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The extradition hearing in the Vijay Mallya case was adjourned on Tuesday after the Judge demands a video of the Arthur Road jail's Barrack 12

Written By Ankit Prasad | Mumbai | Updated On:

Update at 4:03 pm: 'I've been trying to make a settlement for a few years. Litigation is exhausting. I want to settle', says Vijay Mallya

Update at 3:40 pm: Judge says she would like a video of the jail premises. "I would like someone to video it. To go into Barrack 12 and video the windows to see what natural light there is."

CPS says they will provide a video of Barrack 12. Judge says she would like it to be filmed step-by-step as if a prisoner is walking into a cell, at midday with no artificial lighting.

Indian government will submit the video in three weeks.

Judge says she's not able to hear more of the case today and will come back on September 12 for the hearing to continue. Mallya remains on bail.

Update at 3:31 pm: Judge returns as Mallya's lawyer begins making submissions. 

Mallya's lawyer Clare Montgomery says Indian government's assurances can't be relied on and adds that 'an expert has analysed the photos and says that it's very hard to tell how natural light is coming in'. 

"The whole Barack is enclosed in a steel box", Clare Montgomery says, adding that it is "impenetrable to natural light".

Update at 3:19 pm - Mark Summers appearing for CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) addresses the issue of overcrowding in prisons.

He said Barrack 12 at Arthur Road jail is a separate ward and compound and hence the issue of overcrowding and hygiene don't arise.

Lavatory facilities are also not an issue because adequate private separate clean toilet facilities are there. 

"Those are western toilets with functioning flow of water"

Mark Summers shows judge black-and-white photos of toilet facilities.

Judge expresses concern about bedding, to which assurances of clean mattresses and bedding are given.

CPS also says that Barrack 12 is visually very different from other barracks and was recently renovated and assessed by the public works department for its structural quality.

With regards to production at court hearing, the Judge is given assurances by the prosecution that he will be produced at every court hearing to ensure the case proceeds expeditiously. During pre-trial, trial and in the event of sentence of whatever length he would stay in Barrack 12. (As CPS prosecutor describes the prison Mallya would be kept in, Vijay Mallya takes a drink of water.)

'Building to the right of Barrack 12 is an old terrorism court. To its left is a disused barrack. Barrack 12 has a black and yellow door. It has a metal sheath placed around it and inside walls are cream coloured', says the CPS lawyer, even as the judge looks through coloured photos of the barracks, seemingly unimpressed.

CPS emphasises that there are windows to allow air and light to enter the corridor and through there, into the cells beyond. The government then says that the judge has enough information and there's no need for an inspection. Judge leaves the court suddenly after hearing in detail about the prison conditions.

Update at 3:10 pm: Judge enters. 

Legal teams have said that September 12 is the most convenient date for a verdict. 

Update at 3:09 pm: Rakesh Asthana from CBI is in court. Mallya gave him a salute while they were waiting to go into court. Rakesh Asthana walked away. 

Update at 3:04 pm: Vijay Mallya sitting in the dock with dark glasses on.


A desperate Vijay Mallya on Tuesday said outside the Westminster Magistrates' Court in London that he had made a settlement offer in the Karnataka High Court and has requested the sale of his assets purportedly worth in excess of Rs. 14,000 crore in order to pay off his outstanding dues with a consortium of Indian banks.

Ahead of the extradition hearing where both Mallya's defence and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutors backed by a team of investigation agencies CBI and ED are to make their final arguments, Mallya said that there was no question of money laundering and that allegations against him in this regard were false. He expressed the hope that the matter will end. 

The once 'King of Good Times' is accused of defrauding a consortium of Indian banks and of money laundering, with a timeline for a ruling in the extradition case set to be decided.

 

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