Vijay Mallya, who is wanted in India for defaulting on several bank loans amounting to nearly Rs 9,000 crore, on Thursday appeared before the Westminster Magistrates Court in London for the hearing in his extradition case.
“I do as my lawyers advise,” the 61-year-old former chief Kingfisher airlines said when asked about his appearance at court despite being exempt from appearing by the Chief Magistrate Emma Louise Arbuthnot at last hearing on June 13.
Vijay Mallya has been in the “UK” since March 2016 and was arrested by Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant on April 18 and has been out on bail until December 4.
“This is a court. Let them present what evidence they have and we will present our case,” he told reporters outside the court house before the start of his hearing.
If the Chief Magistrate rules in favour of extradition at the end of the trial, the UK home secretary must order Mallya’s extradition within two months of the appropriate day.
However, the case can go through a series of appeals before arriving at a conclusion.
India and the UK have an Extradition Treaty, signed in 1992, but so far only one extradition has taken place under the arrangement – Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, who was sent back to India last October to face trial,