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India in touch with the UK on Mallya extradition issue: MEA

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

is in touch with the on the issue of extradition of Vijay Mallya who has been declared a proclaimed offender, the external affairs ministry said today.

Holding that Mallya's arrest in by Yard today was in connection with the request by the to the authorities for his extradition, external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said legal process in this regard is underway in the

"The two governments are in touch in this context," he added.

The 61-year-old baron, wanted in for defaulting on loans, was arrested after he appeared at a central police station this morning.

The flamboyant businessman, who once called himself 'The King of Good Times", was released on bail a few hours later.

Last month, setting in motion the process of extradition of Mallya, the British had certified India's request and sent it to a for further action.

The extradition process from the UK involves a number of steps including a decision by the judge whether to issue a warrant of arrest.

In case of a warrant, the person is arrested and brought before the court for preliminary hearing followed by an extradition hearing before a final decision is taken by the secretary of state.

The wanted person has a right to appeal to the higher courts against any decision all the way up to Britain's Supreme Court.

Under the 2003 Act, the British secretary of state may only consider four issues when deciding whether to order a person's extradition.

They are whether the person is at risk of the death penalty;whether special arrangements are in place;whether the person concerned has previously been extradited from another country to the UK and the consent of that country to his onward extradition is required;and whether the person has previously been transferred to the UK by the International Criminal Court.

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First Published: Tue, April 18 2017. 20:13 IST