The issue of embattled businessman Vijay Mallya speaking about deplorable conditions in Indian jails before a London court today found mention in the Supreme Court which was hearing a matter related to prison reforms.
The observation by the apex court assumes significance as liquor baron Mallya, against whom extradition proceedings are going on in Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, has been raising the issue of alleged deplorable conditions in the Indian prisons.
An advocate, assisting the court as an amicus curiae, said that Mallya has raised this issue before the court abroad.
During the hearing, Venugopal said he has also read articles published in foreign countries about jails in India.
The issue cropped up when the apex court was dealing with a matter relating to inhuman conditions prevailing in 1,382 prisons across the country.
The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss, who has been on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April last year, is fighting extradition to India on charges of alleged fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore.
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