In a massive victory for the Indian government, the UK court on Monday ordered the extradition of fugitive Vijay Mallya to India. 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. Chief Magistrate Judge Emma Arbuthnot found prima facie a case against Mallya for fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.
Here's what Republic TV's editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami had to say about the order on Vijay Mallya's extradition to India:
"Ladies and gentlemen, before I launched this channel I said that I look forward to having Vijay Mallya in India and meeting him in India. When we say we got Vijay Mallya, we got the ultimate rot of Lutyens', hiding in London. We also got the system. A few months ago, I said that Vijay Mallya, you will be back in India, eating prison food and wearing prison clothes in an Indian prison. I hold no grudges against this cheat. I, however, hold deep and personal grudges against people who ring around individuals like Vijay Mallya. They have not right to preach anyone. In the return of Vijay Mallya therefore, there is the return of some kind of assertion of this country. This great country of ours which has allowed these financial bohemians to run away and do whatever they want. It is therefore also the return of the number of cheats who feel Vijay Mallya, is amongst them."
In the aftermath of the judgment, Mallya refused to comment. Though, his advocate replied by saying, "Dr Mallya will be carefully considering the Court's judgment and, therefore, it would not be appropriate to make any further comment at this time."
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.