LONDON: In terms of numbers, with four reports in a huge box, fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya today submitted his response to the Indian authorities in the extradition case filed against him in London.
According to the sources, Mallya’s counsel said the second part of the evidence from their side, which would comprise another two reports, will be submitted soon. An airline expert, a legal expert, a banking expert and an Indian lawyer will be a part of the evidence submission and share their opinion if need be from Mallya’s side.
On the other side of the spectrum, the crown prosecution service, representing the Indian authorities, criticized Mallya for not sending the evidence electronically. “It cost us a whole week to review the evidence and there is more coming from their side, so we are not sure at this stage whether we need more time to review the paper work sent,” said Mark Summons, from the Crown Prosecution Service.
And once they have this in place, it was the turn of Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot who went on to add that “it is slightly unfortunate” that in 2017, the evidence has been sent physically and not electronically.
The pivotal factor here is that in July this year, Indian authorities submitted a 2,000-page dossier as part of evidence against Mr Mallya in the extradition case. The Indian side is now meant to review the evidence filed by him and the court will next sit to hear the case on November 20. The actual arguments in the extradition case filed by India in the UK will begin on December 4.
As expected by many experts before this incident came into light Mallya did not attend the hearing today at the Westminster Magistrate Court. He has however been asked to attend the first day of trial on December 4. Let see what he does.