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Mallya set to return to UK court as extradition trial begins

Press Trust of India  |  London 

baron Vijay Mallya, out on a 650,000-pound bail bond following his arrest by Yard over and money laundering charges, will return to Westminster Magistrates' here today as his extradition trial begins.

The 61-year-old businessman, who has been in self-imposed exile in the since March 2016 when he left India, is wanted in on charges relating to his defunct Airlines defaulting on loans from various Indian banks amounting toRs9,000 crore.

The trial is set to open with opening arguments, followed by the witness statement of Dr B Humphreys, who is an aviation expert.

Others expected to give their statements for the defence include Margaret Sweeney, chief accountant at Force Formula One racing team, Professor Lau as an expert on the Indian legal system, and Dr Alan Mitchell, a licensed medical practitioner and a former medical officer with the Scottish prison system.

The extradition trial itself, to be presided over by Judge Arbuthnot, is listed for hearings until December 14, with December 6 and 8 so far marked as non-sitting days. A judgement in the case is not expected until early next year.

If the judge rules in favour of extradition at the end of the trial, UKhome secretary Amber Rudd must orderMallya's extradition within two months. However, the case can go through a series of appeals before the actual extradition order can be issued.

His extradition trial will now determine whether he can be legally forced to go back to face the Indian courts.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, December 04 2017. 13:45 IST