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London: Vijay Mallya arrives at UK court for extradition trial

London, Dec 4 (PTI): The 61-year-old tycoon looked relaxed as he was greeted by a swarm of cameras and reporters when he entered the court to stand trial on charges of fraud and money laundering related to his erstwhile Kingfisher Airlines owing several Indian banks around Rs 9,000 crore.

"Please hear the proceedings," Mallya told reporters outside the courtroom.

However, the trial opening was delayed as the courtroom had to be evacuated due to a fire alarm going off.

Mallya, who has been out on bail since Scotland Yard executed an extradition warrant in April, will be in the dock for the duration of the trial scheduled to end on December 14.

A judgement in the case, being presided over by Judge Emma Louise Arbuthnot, is unlikely until early next year.

Mallya's defence team is led by barrister Clare Montgomery, known as an expert in criminal and fraud law with the UK's Matrix Chambers.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will be arguing on behalf of the Indian government, led by barrister Mark Summers.

The CPS will need to demonstrate a prima facie case by producing evidence to show that the criminal charges against Mallya are justified and that he should be extradited to face the Indian courts.

Prison conditions in India are expected to be at the forefront during the hearing, with the Indian government providing assurances of protection of Mallya's human rights.

The tycoon has been on a self-imposed exile in the UK since he left India on March 2, 2016.

While on strict bail conditions, which include providing a bail bond worth 6,50,000 pounds, surrender of his passport and a ban on possessing any travel documents, the former Rajya Sabha member has been based at his Hertfordshire estate Ladywalk in the village of Tewin, around 30 miles from London.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Crazy, materialistic and human with no ethics.
    Wine, dine & women
    His hirstyle @ 61
    Acts as if he is 16

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Nothing new.This is the routine flash on Mallya

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  • Paul dsouza, Balakunje

    Tue, Dec 5 2017


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  • ASHOK SHETTY, udupi

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    I am so happy because in england GovT also controlled by RSS.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Wash DC.

    Tue, Dec 5 2017


    Bankruptcy is not a criminal offense in US...US President Donald Trumps companies declare bankruptcy thrice...and Trump did not loose any of his personal lost was paid by insurance companies...

    Press is declaring him as monster by showing his pictures with Calendar girls...I don't know laws of UK about bankruptcy...if he Mallya is tried in US....100% he will win the case...

    When he was willing to pay principle amount Rs 6000 crores...why banks refused to accept it and they try to recover interest amount along with principle...only banks could answer their stupid position...

    Last but not least Mallya not paying his employees is not good...their tears will destroy him in front of Almighty God Court...

    I believe Mallya will win this case...and I hope he will pay his employees all their dues...


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  • Peter, Bangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Routine job for both Mallya and Media.

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  • Tom Cat, Navi Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    The 61-year-old tycoon looked relaxed as he was greeted by a swarm of cameras and reporters. Please hear the proceedings," Indirectly he means he will make mirchi masala and shove it up the cow class government.

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Cow class government of far better than loot class government....!
    At least he is Indian born tycoon not foreign born .....

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  • HENRY MiSQUITH, Bahrain

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Indian born 420 tycoon..

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  • ARMANDO, urwa

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 11, states: "Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.". Agree or Disagree

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  • Ronald d souza, M,lore/Abudhabi

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS TO SAY THIS I AM A FAN OF HIM....................

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Lot of Inda patt parties are there in the country who are living a gracious life due to the support stooge politicians.Yet harping on Mr.Mallya who has contributed so much for the country's ecnomy sin ce several decades by way of taxes,production,providing employment etc.,
    Banks especially country's biggest bank is offering its customers down to reduction concession of NPAs by way of settlement.When Mallya was ready to offer huge some as one time settlement ,offer was rejected.Now chasing him does not make any sense......sense lost money lost..!

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  • Jacob Mendonsa, Bangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Mr.Prabhu, I do agree that he has provided employment for many, paid taxes etc. But at the end this man has failed miserably to pay & clear the Salaries of KFA Staff, specially for loaders, messengers etc.for months together, having no concern for that , but he is enjoying a laxurious life.

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  • santhu birve, Mumbai/Udupi

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Mujhko Pehchaan Lo Main Hoon Don...Son of K'ta making INDIA proud world wide.Going forward UK court may use the Sunny deol's dialouge ' TARIK PE TARIK TARIK PE TARIK'.

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  • JNB, Mangalore-Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    What about Lalit Modi ????

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Vijay Mallya is to smart for these chiri miri ...

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