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Indian liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya arrested again in London

Published: October 03, 2017 19:28:56 | Updated: October 23, 2017 14:58:20


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Indian liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya was arrested in London for the second time this year, in a case of money laundering.

Mallya was out on bail after his arrest in April following India's extradition request.

The 61-year-old tycoon, who has been staying in the UK for over a year now, is accused of defaulting on loans in India, reports NDTV.

He slipped out of the country in March last year, amid attempts by a group of banks to recover more than Rs. 90 billion loaned to him for his now-collapsed Kingfisher Airlines.

India made an extradition request in February to Britain to send back the businessman to face trial. Indian agencies followed up the request with a 2,000-page dossier as evidence against Mallya.

Last month, the fugitive submitted his response to India's request in a large box which had four reports. The extradition case will be taken up in December.

Mallya is in Britain on an "indefinite leave to remain" visa or on permanent residence after India cancelled his passport.

The businessman faces at least half a dozen arrest warrants back in India.

Known for his lavish lifestyle, Vijay Mallya has repeatedly defied summons by courts and investigators in India but has been a regular at public events in Britain, especially to root for the Formula One team that he owns.

He has used Twitter to dismiss the charges against him and target the media and politicians.

Cases against him are being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate, which handles financial crimes.

Mallya was earlier this year sacked from the board of United Breweries, the firm which was at the core of his business empire. He made Kingfisher beer a global brand and ran an airline of the same name.

In January, the Debt Recovery Tribunal ordered the banks to start the process of recovering the loans he owns by seizing his properties.

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