There is prima facie a very strong case of fraud against liquor baron Vijay Mallya, senior government sources said today amid reports that his lawyers told a UK court that India had no evidence against him.
The 61-year-old liquor baron, wanted in India on charges of fraud and money laundering allegedly amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore, was in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court for his defence, headed by barrister Clare Montgomery, yesterday.
"The conduct of Vijay Mallya, especially before the Supreme Court and other courts, was also highlighted to drive home the fact that Mallya has to answer about his dishonest intentions in the contempt proceedings against him in the Supreme Court of India," he said, quoting proceedings in the Westminster Magistrate's court.
Mallya, who was arrested by Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant in April this year, has been out on bailon a bond worth 650,000 pounds.
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