Officials to leave for London soon

Officials to leave for London soon

A team of officials from India will soon leave for the United Kingdom (UK) to tie any loose ends to ensure a speedy extradition.

Mallya’s arrest has set in motion the extradition process but India will have to wait till the judicial proceedings in the UK culminate.

Mallya got bail within three hours of his arrest, but officials here said that there is nothing abnormal about it.

An arrest prior to extradition hearing is as normal as the bail, a senior officer said, adding that the CBI will now have to convince the court hearing the extradition case about the charges it slapped on Mallya.

With Mallya owning assets in the UK, the officer said, a bail is not a problem because it will ensure his appearance at the hearings.

The extradition process begins with the judge deciding on whether to issue a warrant of arrest.

If a warrant is issued, the person is arrested and brought before the court for preliminary hearing. This is followed by an extradition hearing, then a final decision is taken by the secretary of state.

The person facing extradition has the right to file an appeal before the higher judiciary, including the Supreme Court (UK).

Last year, the government had admitted that getting people extradited from the UK is an onerous task with continuation of death penalty in India and European Commission’s provisions on human rights acting as hurdles in acceding to these requests.

UK Minister of State for Immigration, James Brokenshire, had told Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, in February 2016 that New Delhi will also have to convince the British courts on the pending cases.

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