Wanted on charges of conspiracy and fraud over a loan to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines, Vijay Mallya, on Wednesday said that the Indian authorities have no case to extradite him from Britain.

“Let them come with whatever evidence they have but I doubt if they have any evidence and then let the law take its own course,” says Mallya.

Mallya, who left the country on March 2, 2016, after the banks sued to recover over $1.4 billion owed by Kingfisher, said that he has become a political football between the two major Indian parties (BJP and Congress), in India.

“Have become a political football between the two major Indian parties which is evident by the rhetoric in the election speeches,” said Mallya.

Vijay Mallya said that he was safe under UK law until it was ‘proven otherwise’. “Would rather be safe than sorry as I don’t want to be at mercy of some maverick in the Government of India,” added Mallya.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is in talks with the United Kingdom to seek legal options available for bringing the former liquor baron back to India.

The United Kingdom (UK) delegation has assured all the help necessary to extradite Vijay Mallya back to India.

First Published | 23 February 2017 9:23 AM
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