NEW DELHI — After a British court observed that Indian investigative agencies had delayed giving evidence against Vijay Mallya, the Indian government June 16 said it has given additional papers to the U.K. for the extradition of the fugitive businessman.
"The government submitted a fresh set of relevant papers to the British High Commission here last week and sent soft copies, electronically, to the Indian mission in the U.K.," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.
Baglay did not know if the papers had reached the magistrate in the Westminster Magistrates' Court.
On June 14, Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said the Indian authorities had already been given six months and the court had not yet received any evidence.
"Are Indians normally very prompt in their responses? They have taken six months so far and we haven't got any further forward in the past six weeks," Judge Arbuthnot said during a hearing.
Mallya is wanted in India for defaulting on loans worth nearly Rs. 9,000 crore made to his now-defunct his Kingfisher Airlines. He fled to the U.K. in March 2016.
The flamboyant businessman, known for his lavish lifestyle, was arrested by Scotland Yard April 18 on an extradition warrant. He was, however, released on conditional bail immediately after he provided a bail bond worth £650,000.
The CBI June 15 "categorically affirmed" that there had been no delay in providing evidence against Mallya.