PTI photo by Subhav Shukla
PTI photo by Subhav Shukla

New Delhi: Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday lauded BJP-led Central government’s efforts to extradite fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya.

“Modi Government clears one more step to get Mallya extradited while Opposition rallies around the Saradha Scamsters,” Jaitley, who is presently in New York for treatment said on Twitter. The reaction came after the UK Home Office signed an order approving the extradition of Mallya to India.

“On February 3, the Secretary of State, having carefully considered all relevant matters, signed the order for Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India”, said UK home office spokesperson on Monday. “Vijay Mallya is accused in India of conspiracy to defraud, making false representations and money laundering offences,” it added.

India has been pushing for the extradition of Mallya, who is wanted in India for loan frauds, money laundering and other economic offences. A major breakthrough was achieved on December 10 when the Westminster Magistrate’s Court found merit in the charges registered against Mallya in India and approved his extradition. The matter was then posted to the UK’s Secretary of State for confirmation.

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