Liquor Baron Vijay Mallya gets bail hours after being arrested in London

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MUMBAI, INIDA NOVEMBER 15: Vijay Mallya, Chairman of Kingfisher Airlines at press conference to announce the results at Regency Ballroom, Hyatt Regency, Andheri (E) on November 15, 2011 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by S Kumar/Mint via Getty Images)

Mallya, whose now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes more than Rs9,000 crore to various banks, had fled India on March 2, 2016.

Industrialist Vijay Mallya, who has been declared a proclaimed offender, was arrested on Tuesday in the UK by Scotland Yard on India’s request for his extradition.

Mallya, 61, appeared in the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London later in the day, when he was granted bail.

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India had given a formal extradition request for Mallya as per the Extradition Treaty between India and the UK through a note verbale on February 8.

While handing over the request, India had asserted that it has a “legitimate” case against Mallya and maintained that if an extradition request is honoured, it would show British “sensitivity towards our concerns”.

Last month, setting in motion the process of extradition of Mallya, the British government had certified India’s request and sent it to a district judge for further action.

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The extradition process from the UK involves a number of steps including a decision by the judge whether to issue a warrant of arrest. In case of a warrant, the person is arrested and brought before the court for preliminary hearing followed by an extradition hearing before a final decision is taken by the secretary of state.

The wanted person has a right to appeal to the higher courts against any decision all the way up to the supreme court.

Earlier in January this year, a CBI court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Mallya in the Rs720-crore IDBI Bank loan default case.

Mallya, whose now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes more than Rs9,000 crore to various banks, had fled India on March 2, 2016.