London: Industrialist Vijay Mallya, who has been declared a proclaimed offender, was arrested today in the UK by Scotland Yard on India's request for his extradition. But he's already been granted bail and is home three hours later.
Mallya, 61, appeared in the Westminster Magistrates' Court in London today and was granted bail three hours after he was arrested in London.
Metropolitan Police said Mallya, 61, was taken into custody after attending a central London police station.
The Westminster Magistrates' Court later gave him bail on a 650,000 pound bond. The next hearing of the case will be on May 17.
A Metropolitan Police statement said officers from the Extradition Unit arrested Mallya on an extradition warrant from India.
"Mallya was arrested on behalf of the Indian authorities in relation to accusations of fraud," the statement said.
After getting bail, Mallya tweeted: "Usual Indian media hype. Extradition hearing in court started today as expected."
Usual Indian media hype. Extradition hearing in Court started today as expected.— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) April 18, 2017
India had given a formal extradition request for Mallya as per the Extradition Treaty between India and the UK through a note verbale on February 8.
While handing over the request, India had asserted that it has a "legitimate" case against Mallya and maintained that if an extradition request is honoured, it would show British "sensitivity towards our concerns".
Last month, setting in motion the process of extradition of Mallya, the British government had certified India's request and sent it to a district judge for further action.
The extradition process from the UK involves a number of steps including a decision by the judge whether to issue a warrant of arrest. In case of a warrant, the person is arrested and brought before the court for preliminary hearing followed by an extradition hearing before a final decision is taken by the secretary of state.
The wanted person has a right to appeal to the higher courts against any decision all the way up to the supreme court.
Earlier in January this year, a CBI court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Mallya in the Rs 720-crore IDBI Bank loan default case.
Mallya, whose now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes more than Rs 9,000 crore to various banks, had fled India on March 2, 2016.