UK certifies Vijay Mallya’s extradition request

New Delhi: The UK has conveyed to India that its request for extradition of industrialist Vijay Mallya, who has been declared a proclaimed offender, has been licensed by the secretary of state.

"The UK Home department on February 21 conveyed that the request of India for extradition of Mallya has been certified by the secretary of state and sent to the Westminster Magistrates' Court for a district judge to consider the issue of releasing of warrant," Exterior Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

The occasion is a step forward within the course of securing the extradition of the fugitive businessman wanted in India for mortgage default of over Rs 9,000 crore.

Baglay moreover well-known formal extradition request in respect of Mallya as per Extradition Treaty between India and the UK was handed over to the British Extreme Payment proper right here by the use of a discover verbale on February eight.

Whereas handing over the request, India had asserted that it has a "legitimate" case in opposition to Mallya and maintained that if an extradition request is honoured, it would current British "sensitivity towards our concerns".

Earlier in January this yr, a CBI courtroom docket had issued a non-bailable warrant in opposition to Mallya inside the Rs 720-crore IDBI Monetary establishment mortgage default case.

Mallya, whose now-defunct Kingfisher Airways owes better than Rs 9,000 crore to various banks, had fled India on March 2, 2016.