The Indian government is preparing to bring back fugitives from London, including Kingfisher Airlines’ owner Vijay Mallya, diamond tycoon Nirav Modi, and arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari. According to The Times of India, teams from the Enforcement Directorate (ED), CBI, and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) will be sent to London for their extradition.
Meeting Between Indian and British Officials in London
According to sources, a team of senior officials from the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian High Commission in Britain is scheduled to hold a meeting in London. British officials will also participate in this meeting. During the discussion, Indian officials will gather information on how these fugitives blocked funds in properties in London and other countries and carried out transactions.
Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) Between India and Britain
India and Britain have a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) that facilitates the exchange of information. Under this treaty, India can obtain information about economic offenders from other countries, including the fugitives involved in financial crimes.
Current Situation of Mallya, Modi, and Bhandari
Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, and Sanjay Bhandari are currently facing extradition from the UK. All three have appealed in the London court to prevent their extradition to India. The Enforcement Directorate has seized assets belonging to all three in India.