Liquor baron and former billionaire Vijay Mallya may well be back on Indian soil after an over two-year long fight by the Indian government. London's Westminster Magistrates Court has ordered the extradition Mallya to India. The fugitive businessman has 14 days to appeal against the verdict. Back in India, Mallya faces a Rs 9,000 crore loan default case against him. Besides the allegations of money laundering, he has been accused of inappropriate use of loan funds. Mallya, over the last few days, has offered to repay the loans, emphasizing that his offer has nothing to do with extradition.
The 62-year-old appeared before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on Monday where the judgement of his extradition trial took place. Reportedly, a high-security cell has been kept ready at the jail and ‘Mallya will be lodged in one of the high-security barracks located in a two-storey building inside the prison complex, which also housed 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist Mohammad Ajmal Kasab,” as per a prison official. "We are fully prepared to lodge him safely at our correction centre. If he is brought here, we will take care of his safety and security," the official said.
“In case of a medical emergency, Mallya can be treated at the dispensary located close to the barrack, where doctors and other staff are present to provide basic treatment to prisoners,” he added.