PTI Photo)(PTI12_6_2018_000223B
PTI Photo)(PTI12_6_2018_000223B

London: There were some light hearted moments in the UK court on Friday when the Judge asked the prosecution whether the fugitive diamond merchant would be lodged in the same jail as Vijay Mallya, if he is also extradited to India.

At the very start of the hearing, Chief Magistrate Arbuthnot said she was getting a sense of “deja vu”, having ordered the extradition of Mallya in December last year. “Do we know which part of India he [Modi] is being sought in,” the judge asked, to try and establish which jail Modi is likely to be held in.

She was told by the prosecution, arguing on behalf of the Indian government, that it would be an extradition to Mumbai and that he may in fact be held in the same Arthur Road Jail as that prepared for Mallya, to which the judge said in a light-hearted vein that it could even be the same cell as we know “there is space” from the previous video submitted during the Mallya extradition trial.

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