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India fails to get Vijay Mallya deported from Britain

Vijay Mallya

Vijay Mallya  

But U.K. agrees to consider requestfor extradition

The Indian government’s efforts to bring back Vijay Mallya through the expeditious route of deportation came a cropper when the United Kingdom on Monday expressed its inability to accede to the request.

Through a note verbale to the High Commission, it informed the investigating agencies of its inability to deport Mr. Mallya despite the fact that his diplomatic passport was revoked by the External Affairs Ministry on April 24. The note is a less formal diplomatic communication prepared in the third person. It is usually unsigned.

To consider extradition

However, according to senior government sources, the U.K. authorities have agreed to consider the government’s request for Mr. Mallya’s extradition under the 1993 treaty with India or any other necessary assistance under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty signed in 1992.

Has a valid U.K. visa

A non-resident Indian, Mr. Mallya has a U.K. residency permit since 1992. The Indian government has been told that though his passport has been cancelled, he has been staying there on a valid U.K. visa. The liquor baron’s name also figures in the U.K. electoral rolls. He lives in a three-storey mansion named Ladywalk at Tewin in Hertfordshire, not far from London.

Like Lalit Modi case

Indian agencies are worried that Mr. Mallya’s case might go the Lalit Modi way. In Mr. Modi’s case too, they have not been able to make headway in bringing him back. The Interpol has also not accepted the request for a Red Notice against him.

As deportation is an executive action, it is considered to be a quicker process than extradition, in which investigating agencies have to establish prima facie culpability of the person. Besides, the accused has recourse to several defences under the extradition treaty.

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