During his meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought UK’s help to extradite fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya and other economic offenders. It may be recalled that Mallya has been in London for several months now and he has constantly evaded arrest warrants issued against him. A London court is also hearing a case regarding his extradition to India. However, Mallya has been utilizing his ill-gotten money to find legal loopholes and make them work to his advantage so that he can avoid the extradition to India.
Modi and May discussed several other topics related to bilateral ties between the two countries. The topic of Mallya’s extradition was among the important topics discussed between the two leaders. Mallya is wanted in India for defaulting on loans worth around Rs 9,000 crores. It is alleged that he had siphoned off the money taken as loans from banks to other people and entities. India and UK have an extradition treaty that was signed in 1992, but so far only one person has been extradited to India.