PM seeks UK’s help to bring back Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jul 2017 09:07:45



PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday pressed upon his British counterpart Theresa May to ensure UK’s cooperation to bring back economic offenders, amidst India working hard for the return of fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya and former IPL chief Lalit Modi.

Mallya has been in the UK for months, escaping arrest warrants against him, while a court in London is also hearing a case regarding his return to India. Modi on Saturday met May during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit here and sought UK’s help in this regard.

Both leaders also talked about the complete range of India-UK ties. In a tweet after the meeting, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said the Prime Minister asked for UK’s “cooperation for return of escaped Indian economic offenders”.

Asked whether India seeking cooperation from the UK was limited to Mallya or whether LalitModiwasalsomentioned, Baglay told reporters, “I don’t want to get into the specifics butthephraseusedinthetweet is escaped economic offenders and itis plural.”

“These are the brief discussions at such forums where leaders mostly touch upon these top priority matters,”hetoldreportershere. Baglay refused to comment directly on any question related to Mallya.

Mallya, who is wanted in India for Kingfisher Airlines’defaultonloansworth nearlyRs9,000crore,has been in the UK since March 2016. India and the UK have an Extradition Treaty, signed in 1992,but sofaronlyone extradition has taken place under the arrangement-– Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, who was sent back to India last October to facetrialinconnectionwithhis involvement in the postGodhra riots of 2002.