CBI denies any delay in sending evidence against Vijay Mallya to UK

The many houses that Vijay Mallya owns. The Goa villa was sold this April. Graphic India Today magazine

The many houses that Vijay Mallya owns. The Goa villa was sold this April. Graphic India Today magazine

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday denied any delay on its part in providing evidence to the United Kingdom for extradition proceedings of former chairman of now defunct Kingfisher Airlines Vijay Mallya.

The agency's reaction came in the wake of reports that there was a delay from India in sharing Mallya's case documents with British authorities.

On 2 and 3 May, a team of CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials led by CBI's additional director Rakesh Asthana was in London after the crown prosecutors sought a meeting with the agencies on 18 April.

"The extradition dossier contained details of evidence including the charge sheet filed under section 173 CrPC along with relied upon documents and non-bailable warrant of arrest", he said.

"All the evidence regarding falsities, misstatements and false representations of Vijay Mallya, Kingfisher Airlines and officials of the airlines had already been forwarded to British authorities", CBI said.

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The agency said that the "Crown Prosecution Service [which represents the Indian side in magistrate's court] has confirmed that there was no criticism of the extradition request or of the Indian Government".

"During the hearing on June 13, 2017, when the counsel of fugitive Mallya sought a date in March-April, 2018, Aaron Watkins of CPS opposed the same".

CBI statement said that the chargesheet against Mallya was filed on January 24 this year in the Special CBI court in Mumbai after which a non-bailable warrant was issued against him on January 31. "The same along with sworn affidavit of Superintendent of Police, SIT, CBI was forwarded through diplomatic channels on June 09, 2017". CBI says that India's extradition request was certified by the secretary of state of United Kingdom and court, after satisfying itself, had issued arrest warrant in London against Mallya. "To justify a later date, the defence counsel raised the issue of delay, which is nothing but a figment of his imagination", CBI Spokesperson R K Gaur said here today. "Senior district judge fixed next CMR hearing on July 6, 2017 when the dates for extradition hearing will be decided", said Gaur. The CBI stated that the team had provided all additional documents sought by the court and answered the queries that had been raised. "Following the arrest, Mallya appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on April 18 and was granted conditional bail".

The ED on Wednesday filed a chargesheet in a Mumbai court relating to the suspected diversion of a Rs900 crore loan given to Kingfisher Airlines by IDBI Bank Ltd.

Mallya's company also owes around Rs 9,000 crore to a consortium of 17 Indian banks.

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