PM Modi meets Theresa May, seeks UK’s cooperation for returning escaped Indian economic offenders

G20 Summit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought Britain's cooperation for return of escaped Indian economic offenders.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 8, 2017 6:00 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met his UK counterpart Theresa May on the sidelines of the ongoing G20 Summit in Hamburg and sought Britain’s cooperation for return of escaped Indian economic offenders. His comments were indirectly aimed at Vijay Mallya, the 61-year-old chief of the erstwhile Kingfisher Airlines who owes over Rs 9,000 crore to various Indian banks and has been living in self-imposed exile in Britain since March last year.

Modi and May held discussions about the complete range of India-UK ties. In a tweet after the meeting, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said the Prime Minister asked for UK’s “cooperation for return of escaped Indian economic offenders”.

Mallya was arrested by Scotland Yards in April on various fraud allegations, which triggered an official extradition process in the British courts. However, he was released on conditional bail a few hours later after providing a bail bond worth 650,000 pounds. He had also assured the court of abiding by all conditions associated with extradition proceedings, such as surrendering his passport and a ban on him possessing any travel documents.

India and the UK had signed an Extradition Treaty in 1992, but only one extradition has taken place so far under the arrangement -– Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, who was sent back to India last October to face trial in connection with his involvement in the post-Godhra riots of 2002.

With PTI inputs

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    mark
    Jul 9, 2017 at 1:49 am
    Mr Mallya can sleep quietly, PM Modi is doing here something tantamount to intervention in the workings of British Justice (and certainly this will be a very good argument for Mallya's lawyer, who has anyway British PP).
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      Shafted mohammed
      Jul 9, 2017 at 1:00 am
      That means all loan defaulters who are hiding in UK would have all their property attached and auctioned and brought back to India in striped t shirt and half pants to go straight way to Tihar open university of criminology.
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        Kunal
        Jul 9, 2017 at 12:49 am
        Not only Vijay Mallaya but Lalit Modi too was helped by Top BJP leaders and Rajasthan CM to escape from India while BJP in power. CBI doing nothing against BJP leaders.
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          Soby
          Jul 8, 2017 at 11:46 pm
          His PR Team is publishing all these photos of handshaking with the world leaders with some stupid tweet. Is this some kind of achievement ? He looks over exited and very eager to hug or handshake. Stop making people fool. Hundreds of issues are currently going on and the country is not going anywhere, border issues with the enemy countries, Kashmir issue, farmer issue, lynching, Dalit issues and the corruption committed by all CMs (Vasundhra (Lalit Gate) , shivraj singh(vyapam), Anandi Ben (Land corruption )
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            AKB
            Jul 8, 2017 at 9:56 pm
            If he had not allowed Mallya to escape , then this situation of begging in front of UK could have been avoided. This begging is just an eyewash to prove the people who voted them in power.
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