The hearing on businessman Vijay Mallya’s extradition from the United Kingdom has been deferred to June 13, Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.
The CPS will be arguing on behalf of the Indian authorities when the extradition case comes up for hearing at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on June 13. The hearing was earlier scheduled for May 17.
“The next hearing is on June 13 for a case management hearing,” a CPS spokesperson said on Friday.
A four-member joint CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) team arrived in London earlier this month.
“Our aim is to build a strong, infallible case and these meetings will help resolve issues across the table. The CPS will be arguing based on documents provided by the CBI and the ED, therefore a joint team is here to address queries they may have,” official sources had said.
Mallya, the 61-year-old chief of the erstwhile Kingfisher Airlines who owes over Rs 9,000 crore to various Indian banks, has been living in Britain since March last year.
He was arrested by the Scotland Yard last month on fraud allegations, triggering an official extradition process in the British courts.
Mallya attended a central London police station for his arrest and was released on conditional bail a few hours later after providing a bail bond worth 650,000 pounds, assuring the court of abiding by all conditions associated with extradition proceedings, such as the surrender of his passport and a ban on him possessing any travel documents.