U.K. Home Secretary on Monday signed approval for initiating the extradition process of the fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya to India.
Mallya will be facing a trial for alleged fraud and money laundering offences amounting to Rs. 9,000 crore.
According to U.K. home office spokesperson, the Secretary of State signed the order for the extradition after the careful consideration of relevant matters.
On December 10 last year, the Westminster Magistrate’s Court had found merit in the charges registered against the accused in India and approved his extradition. The matter was then posted to the UK’s Secretary of State for confirmation.
Mallya has 14 days from Monday to apply for leave to appeal.
Speaking about the latest development, sources in the Indian government said that the completion of the legal process is awaited for the extradition of Mallya.
Meanwhile, soon after the UK Home Secretary signed the extradition request, Union Minister Arun Jaitley also took to Twitter and wrote, “Modi Government clears one more step to get Mallya extradited while Opposition rallies around the Saradha scamsters.”
The 63-year-old liquor baron had fled from India in March 2016 and has been living in the United Kingdom since then.
India has been pushing the United Kingdom for the extradition of Mallya, who is wanted for loan frauds, money laundering and other economic offences.
Nevertheless, Mallya has decided to initiate the appeal process after the UK Home Office approved his extradition to India on Monday.
“After the decision was handed down on December 10, 2018, by the Westminster Magistrates Court, I stated my intention to appeal. I could not initiate the appeal process before a decision by the Home Secretary. Now I will initiate the appeal process,” he tweeted after the extradition notice came out.