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India seeks UK help in early extradition of Mallya

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January 11, 2018 19:48


India today sought United Kigdom's help in early extradition of liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya from Britain to face the law at home in connection with cases of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crores.

During the bilateral meeting with UK minister for Security and Economic Crime, Ben Wallace, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju was made aware about the undergoing case at the Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.

During the talks, the minister sought Britain's help in early extradition of the fugitive industrialist, the official privy to the meeting said.

'Bilateral meeting with Mr Ben Wallace, UK Minister for Security & Economic Crime was fruitful. We discussed about issues of cooperation in cyber security, radicalisations, extradition of persons wanted by India & UK, sharing of informations,' Rijiju tweeted after the meeting.

The official said Rijiju has pressed for cooperation from Britain in extradition of 13 individuals, including Mallya, former IPL honcho Lalit Modi and alleged cricket bookie Sanjiv Kapur.

India also sought legal assistance in prosecution of 16 other alleged criminals.

Rijiju also asked his counterpart not to allow the British territory to be used for anti-India activities by Kashmiri and Khalistani separatists, the official said.

Activities of anti-India Sikh groups in the UK and attempts by extremist groups to radicalise youths also figured in the meeting, which lasted for more than an hour, the official said.

"The minister invited Wallace to visit India to continue discussions on security issues," the official said.  -- PTI

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