One Big Diplomatic win for Indian Government as UK approves Vijay Mallya’s extradition

Extradition of economic absconders was one area of pain for the ruling government. Each time even before the ruling party started telling about their achievements, the opposition would start asking whereabouts of economic defaulters.

While the government said that they will spare no one defaulter, people were questioning their credibility due to the absence of results. But hey, Modi government has finally completed the daunting task of Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India.

The UK approves Vijay Mallya’s extradition. Image Credits: The News Minute

Does the UK approve Vijay Mallya’s extradition?

Yes, you read it right. It is confirmed the news that the UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid today has signed the order to extradite Mallya to India. This is being considered a major breakthrough for the Indian agencies. “On 3 February the Secretary of State, having carefully considered all relevant matters, signed the order for Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India,” said a UK Home Office spokesperson.

Can Vijay Mallya escape the extradition?

Vijay Mallya, however, has 14 days to appeal against the order. Mallya who was counted not only amongst the wealthiest people in India but amongst the most popular ones too. His luxurious and larger than lifestyle was much talked about.

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Vijay Mallya's extradition
The UK approves Vijay Mallya’s extradition.

 

However, on March 2, 2016, he left India after defaulting on a loan amount of Rs 9000 crore which he had taken for his airlines business. He was facing charges of fraud, money laundering, and the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

Soon, after the news surfaced, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted “Modi Government clears one more step to get Mallya extradited while Opposition rallies around the Saradha scamsters.”

The UK approves Vijay Mallya's extradition.
The UK approves Vijay Mallya’s extradition.

On Friday, Mallya said that the Enforcement Directorate had already attached his properties worth over 13,000 crores which is way higher than the amount that he had allegedly run away with. He also questioned, “Where is the Justice, and how far will it go”. Mallya also alleged that the banks to which he owes money “have given an open license to their Lawyers in England to pursue multiple frivolous litigations against” him questioning the “brazen” spending of “public money on legal fees“.

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The UK approves Vijay Mallya’s extradition. Image Credits: DNA India

Is justice done for people like Vijay Mallya?

In January itself, P.M. Narendra Modi had said that “Any person who has cheated or looted the country shall be brought to justice. This is regardless of whether he is in India or abroad.” This is indeed a much-sought relief for the Indian government which was continuously under the scanner on V.I.P treatment to businessmen. If the extradition is successful, then this will surely be a bright feather in Modi’s cap. In addition, it is a great diplomatic achievement for India. This definitely shows that now the world listens to India, and they do it quite carefully. An achievement all the Indians can proudly boast of.

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