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Mallya arrest: Legal process for extradition underway, says government

IANS  |  London 

After baron Vijay Mallya, wanted in for defaulting on loans of over Rs 8,000 crore, was arrested and granted bail in on Tuesday, the Indian said the legal process for his extradition is underway in

Responding to a query, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said Mallya's arrest in was in connection with the request by to British authorities for his extradition

"Legal process in this regard is underway in the UK," Baglay said. "The two governments are in touch in this context."

Metropolitan Police said Mallya, 61, was taken into custody after attending a central police station.

The Westminster Magistrates' Court later gave him bail on a 650,000-pound bond. The next hearing of the case will be on May 17.

A Metropolitan Police statement said officers from the Extradition Unit arrested Mallya on an extradition warrant from

"Mallya was arrested on behalf of the Indian authorities in relation to accusations of fraud," the statement said.

After getting bail, Mallya tweeted: "Usual Indian media hype. Extradition hearing in court started today as expected."

Mallya fled to in March 2016 after being pursued in courts by Indian banks seeking to recover Rs 8,191 crore owed by his now defunct Kingfisher Airline.

The banks had been able to recover only Rs 155 crore. Despite multiple injunctions, Mallya failed to appear before investigators -- and then flew out of India.

In February, the Indian handed over to British authorities a formal request for Mallya's extradition, saying it had a legitimate case against him on charges of financial irregularities and loan default.



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First Published: Tue, April 18 2017. 19:26 IST