India asks UK to expedite extradition of fugitives, including Vijay Mallya and Lalit Modi
India asks UK to expedite extradition of fugitives, including Vijay Mallya and Lalit ModiBharti Jain | TNN | Updated: May 30, 2018, 20:57 IST
- The request came during a dialogue of Indo-UK affairs held in the national capital
- During the discussion, the issue of fugitive Nirav Modi was also raised
- The dialogue also covered issues such as cybersecurity, women safety, organised crime and terror financing
âWe have sought the help of the authorities in the UK in the extradition of our wanted persons. The process is on and everyone knows that it is because of our proactive action, that Mallya now has to fight his extradition case in a UK court, investing his time and money,â said an official privy to discussions during the two-hour long meeting here.
The third Indo-UK home affairs dialogue dwelt on 8 issues including counter-terrorism, terror financing, cybersecurity, womenâs safety, organized crime and visa-related matters. While the Indian delegation was led by home secretary Rajiv Gauba, the UK team was led by Patsy Wilkinson.
During the talks, Gauba communicated Indiaâs concern over activities of pro-Khalistan and Kashmiri separatist elements in the UK and urged it to maintain a vigil over such elements and take appropriate action including timely sharing of intelligence.
When PM Modi gave stern message to Theresa MayPrime Minister Narendra Modi gave a strong retort to his British counterpart Theresa May on Vijay Mallya's extradition case, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj informed on Monday.
Last year, minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju had raised with the UK Indiaâs request for extradition of 13 fugitives, including Mallya, Lalit Modi and cricket bookie Sanjiv Kapur.
Mallya, facing CBI and ED investigations, is accused of defrauding Indian banks of Rs 9,000 crore. He is currently contesting extradition proceedings initiated by India, in a UK court.
India had earlier moved EDâs request for extradition of Lalit Modi. However, Interpol had rejected the request for a red corner notice against him on the ground that no chargesheet had been filed against him in the Indian courts.
Nirav Modi and his unc le Mehul Choksi, who left India early this year, are wanted by authorities for allegedly duping Punjab National Bank of Rs 13,000 crore. TOI had earlier reported that information with officials of the Indian High Commission in the UK pointed to his being in the UK. A request to locate him is reported to have been made to the UK authorities on Wednesday.
During the dialogue, India also raised the visa problems faced by its nationals, including delays in visas to students, the high amount charged for UK visas and lengthy waiting period for tourist visas.
The India-UK home affairs dialogue was set up during British Prime Minister Theresa Mayâs visit to India in November 2016.
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