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Vijay Mallya willing to come back home to face the law?

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New Delhi: Embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya, the main accused in a Rs 9,000 crore alleged bank fraud case, is understood to have sounded out Indian authorities that he is willing to come back home to face the law, official sources said on Tuesday.

Mallya, who is contesting in a London court the Indian government’s action for extradition, is said to have sent feelers to authorities that he would like to join the legal process in India and contest the recent action against him under the Fugitive Economic Offender Ordinance. Under this recently promulgated ordinance, the government can immediately confiscate all linked properties of Mallya in the country and abroad. However, top sources in investigative agencies said the final contours of the move are still not clear and they refused to divulge more details.

Mallya had recently said he has become the “poster boy” of bank default and a lightning rod for public anger. The liquor baron had said that he had written letters to both the prime minister and the finance minister on April 15, 2016, to explain his side of the story.  A hearing in the extradition case is expected to be heard in London this month end.