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CBI team in London; hopes high for Vijay Mallya’s extradition

Ahead of the hearing in a UK court, pertaining to Vijay Mallya’s extradition, a CBI team has already reached London to pursue the case. The CBI team is led by deputy director Rakesh Asthana. Some members of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) are also part of the team. The team will collaborate with the prosecutors to ensure Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India. It may be recalled that Vijay Mallya owes more than Rs 9,000 crore to a group of 17 Indian banks. Mallya’s extradition will also be discussed during a meeting between India’s home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and his UK counterpart Amber Rudd. Mehrishi is scheduled to travel to UK this week.

Legal experts said that Mallya will try his best to avoid extradition to India. They said that Mallya has various options, for example, he can claim that his extradition and trial is a political vendetta since he was an MP during the Congress-led government. Mallya can also tell the court that his was a civil offense case and not a criminal one that would necessitate his extradition. However, Indian agencies are working to plug all such loopholes that might prevent the extradition of Mallya.

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