Vijay Mallya Applies For “One other Route” To Keep In UK, Says Lawyer


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Vijay Mallya’s problem to India’s extradition request was turned down within the UK final 12 months. (File)

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Fugitive billionaire Vijay Mallya has utilized to UK Dwelling Secretary Priti Patel for “one other route” to have the ability to keep within the UK, the liquor tycoon’s barrister representing him in chapter proceedings within the Excessive Court docket of London confirmed throughout a distant listening to on Friday.

The 65-year-old businessman, whose authorized problem to the Indian authorities’s extradition request was turned down on the Supreme Court docket degree within the UK final 12 months, stays in Britain on bail till Ms Patel indicators off on the order for him to be extradited to India to face prices of fraud and cash laundering associated to the now-defunct Kingfisher Airways.

The UK Dwelling Workplace has up to now solely confirmed on background {that a} confidential authorized course of stays ongoing earlier than the extradition order could be executed.

This had raised widespread hypothesis that Vijay Mallya had sought asylum within the UK, particulars of that are neither confirmed nor denied by the Dwelling Workplace in Britain whereas an software is pending.

“The extradition was upheld however he (Vijay Mallya) remains to be right here as a result of as you understand there’s one other route for him to use to the Secretary of State for standing,” stated Vijay Mallya’s barrister Philip Marshall, when particularly requested by Deputy Insolvency and Firms Court docket Decide Nigel Barnett concerning the standing of the extradition proceedings.

It’s seemingly that the reference is to an asylum route which, in response to authorized specialists, would rely on whether or not Vijay Mallya utilized for asylum previous to the extradition request or after.

“He would wish to argue a lot stronger grounds. There are particular guidelines that element when asylum is a bar to extradition, it’s clear that claiming asylum in any case appeals have been exhausted is unlikely to be thought-about a sound declare to asylum safety,” explains Toby Cadman, co-founder of Guernica 37 Worldwide Justice Chambers and a UK-based extradition specialist.

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The court docket on Friday additionally heard how Vijay Mallya, who submitted written proof for the listening to, was in a “constrained” place as an in depth relative had handed away on account of COVID-19.

The distant listening to within the industrial division of the Excessive Court docket in London was to determine whether or not the court docket can sanction substantial sums in the direction of Vijay Mallya’s residing bills and authorized charges from the sale of a French luxurious property Le Grand Jardin final 12 months.

The cash is held within the UK’s Court docket Funds Workplace (CFO) as a part of chapter proceedings introduced by a consortium of Indian banks led by the State Financial institution of India (SBI) in pursuit of unpaid loans.

Vijay Mallya’s authorized group argues that he needs to be sanctioned the required funds to fulfill mounting authorized prices in India and the UK, which incorporates prices to be paid to the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) which argued the extradition proceedings on behalf of the Indian authorities.

The attorneys for the banks have challenged this as it might dissipate the funds owed to his collectors in the direction of speculative and “unreasonable” prices whereas different sources of funds stay accessible to the businessman.

The listening to types a part of a sequence as each side make arguments for and towards a chapter order towards Vijay Mallya within the UK.

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