New Delhi: In a major setback for Vijay Mallya, a UK court on Monday rejected the plea of the embattled liquor baron against extradition to India. Following the development, it is expected that he will be brought back to India soon.
63-year-old Mallya is wanted in India on alleged fraud and money laundering charges amounting to an estimated Rs 9,000 crores.
He had filed an application in the UK High Court and sought permission to appeal against an extradition order passed by Westminster court.
Mallya has been based in the UK since March 2016. He remains on bail on an extradition warrant which was executed by Scotland Yard in April 2017.
India and the UK had in 1992 signed an Extradition Treaty. The treaty has been in force since November 1993.
So far, there has been only one successful extradition from the UK to India under the Extradition Treaty. In 2016, Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel was sent back to India to face trial in connection with his involvement in the post-Godhra riots of 2002.
(With inputs from PTI)