Force India F1 team boss and Indian business tycoon – Vijay Mallya, who is the subject of an deportation request from India for alleged financial offences, was arrested by Scotland Yard in London on Tuesday morning, informed sources told Hindustan Times.
Mallya, who arrived here in March last year and later had his passport revoked, will appear before the Westminster magistrates court later on Tuesday, the sources said.
The colorful businessman is wanted in India for defaulting on loan worth around Rs 9,000 crore related to Kingfisher Airlines that was grounded in 2012.
Mallya, declared a wilful defaulter, left the country on March 3 and is said to be in the UK.
Usual Indian media hype. Extradition hearing in Court started today as expected.
— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) April 18, 2017
India’s request for his extradition was recently been certified by UK secretary of state.
“The UK home department on February 21 conveyed that the request of India for extradition of Mallya has been certified by the secretary of state and sent to the Westminster Magistrates’ Court for a district judge to consider the issue of releasing of warrant,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay had said.
Mallya was famous for his flashy lifestyle in India and hosting lavish parties attended by models and Bollywood stars. He was once hailed as the country’s equivalent to Sir Richard Branson due to his success, which included brewing and liquor companies, an airline, Force India F1 team and an Indian Premier League cricket team.