Former Indian business tycoon, Vijay Mallya’s legal team has confirmed on Wednesday (19) that Mallya intends to file a plea to appeal against the UK court’s ruling for his extradition to India inconnection with alleged fraud and money laundering charges.
“Mallya has now been able to consider the court’s decision and intends to file an application for permission to appeal at the appropriate time,” said Anand Doobay, Partner at UK-based Boutique Law LLP, who has been Mallya’s solicitor through the extradition trial process.
Soon after the ruling of Westminster Magistrates’ Court last week, the embattled liquor baron told the journalists that he would study the judgement in detail and take necessary steps for next course of action.
According to the extradition treaty procedures, the chief magistrate’s ruling has been handed over to UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid as he is the the authorised minister to order Mallya’s extradition. The minister has 60 days to make a decision on the extradition of 63 year old business tycoon.
In the UK, the home secretary’s decision very rarely moves against court ruling as the minister has to review only limited number of bars to extradition which are unlikely to stop the extradition in this particular case.
“Whatever that decision (by the Home Secretary), the losing side has up to 14 days within which to approach the High Court and seek leave to appeal. Any appeal, if granted will be heard at the Administrative Court (High Court),” said the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which represents the Indian government in Mallya’s extradition case.
Vijay Mallya is wanted in India for legal proceedings on alleged fraud and money laundering charges amounting an estimates Rs 90billion.