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Enough evidence to prove my case, says Mallya outside UK court

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Embattled Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya, who is wanted in on loan defaults to several banks, today claimed that he has "enough evidence" to plead his case as he appeared before Westminster Magistrates' here for his extradition case hearing. The 61-year-old former chief of erstwhile airlines, who has been out on bail since his arrest in April, arrived for the hearing in Room 3 after a number of other extradition cases on schedule for the day. "I have not alluded any .. I have enough evidence to prove my case," Mallya told reporters outside the Chief Magistrate Emma Louise Arbuthnot will preside over what is referred to as a "case management hearing", when a final hearing date is expected to be set. Britain's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will present the case in on behalf of the Indian authorities. Mallya's defence team is being led by the firm Joseph Hague Aaronson LLP.

They have instructed barrister Clare Montgomery, a specialist in criminal, regulatory and fraud law,to argue in on their behalf. The CPS have instructedMark Summers to act as barrister for the CPS Extradition Unit and the Government of Summers is a leading expert in extradition and international law matters. "There might be a few more hearings in this case in the coming months to deal with case management or any issues that arise, before the final hearing takes place, at which the full arguments from both sides in this case will be heard by the Judge,"explainedJasvinder Nakhwal, partner at Peters and Peters Solicitors LLP and member of the UK's Extradition Lawyers Association. The CPS had met a joint team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials in London last month to thrash out details of the case. "Our aim is to build a strong, infallible case and these meetings will help resolve issues across the table. The CPS will be arguing based on documents provided by CBI and ED, therefore a joint team is here to address queries they may have," official sources had said after the meeting held in early May. A CBI official has also flown in from Delhi for the hearing today. Last week, Mallya was welcomed with chants of "chor, chor" by Indian cricket fans as he arrived to watch the vs South Africa Champions Trophy match at The Oval cricket ground in London. Earlier, he had caused a stir by his attendance of the vs Pakistan match in Birmingham after which he had declared on Twitter that he would be attending all matches in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy. Mallya, who is wanted in for Airlines' default on loans worth nearly Rs 9,000 crores, has been in the since March 2016 and was arrested by Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant on April 18. He had attended a central London police station for his arrest and was released on conditional bail a few hours later after providing a bail bond worth 650,000 pounds, assuring the of abiding by all conditions associated with extradition proceedings, such as the surrender of his passport and a ban on him possessing any travel documents. An initial case management hearing date of May 17 had been postponed to June 13. If the District Judge rules in favour of extradition at the end of the trial, the home secretary must order Mallya's extradition within two months of the appropriate day. However, the case can go through a series of appeals before arriving at a conclusion. and the have an Extradition Treaty, signed in 1992, but so far only one extradition has taken place under the arrangement - Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, who was sent back to last October to face trial in connection with his involvement in the post-Godhra riots of 2002. However, unlike Mallya, he had submitted to the extradition order without legal challenge.

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First Published: Tue, June 13 2017. 17:22 IST