Troubled liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Monday said that he would initiate the appeal process against the United Kingdom Home Secretary’s decision to approve India’s request for his extradition. The UK Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, signed orders today allowing Mallya’s extradition to India, where the fugitive businessman can face trial in cases related to alleged fraud and money laundering, amounting to Rs 9,000 crores.
In a tweet, Mallya said, “After the decision was handed down on December 10, 2018 by the Westminster Magistrates Court, I stated my intention to appeal. I could not initiate the appeal process before a decision by the Home Secretary. Now I will initiate the appeal process.” In December 2018, Westminster Magistrates’ Court Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot had granted India’s request to extradite him so that he can face legal action in connection with cases of financial fraud. Mallya had later said that he intended to file an application to appeal against the British court’s judgment.