India's evidence for Mallya's extradition amounts to zero: defence

India's evidence for Mallya's extradition amounts to zero: defence

Vijay Mallya's defence on Tuesday dismissed as "zero" the Indian government's extradition case against him, saying it has no credible case to show that the tycoon's now-defunct Kingfisher Airline's borrowings were fraudulent or that he had no intention to pay back the loans.

The 61-year-old liquor baron, wanted in India on charges of fraud and money laundering allegedly amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore, was in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court for his defence, headed by barrister Clare Montgomery.

The defence team concluded the second day's proceedings at the trial by calling into question the "admissibility" of the evidence submitted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), arguing on behalf of the Indian government.

It was claimed that the evidence was "contentious" without any underlying material to support the claims being made.

"There is virtually nothing by way of direct evidence by way of anyone with direct knowledge of the discussions," said barrister Clare Montgomery who is leading Mallya's defence.

Mallya will return to the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on Thursday after a non-sitting day on Wednesday.

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