India applies to extradite Mallya from UK
10 February 2017 – India has applied to the UK to extradite Force India team boss Vijay Mallya.
India's government has handed in the request after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) advised extradition, with Mallya facing charges over loans to his now defunct Kingfisher Airlines.
"We have handed over the request for the extradition of Mr Vijay Mallya, as received from the CBI, to the UK High Commission in New Delhi," said Vikas Swarup, spokesman for the Ministry of External Affairs.
"We have an extradition treaty with the UK, and believe we have a legitimate case against Mallya."
Mallya is accused of diverting significant sums of money intended for his former airline.
As per The Times of India, the CBI's recently-published charge sheet outlined that undue favours were shown to Kingfisher Airlines in the sanctioning and disbursal of loans of Rs 1,300 crore.
"About Rs 260 crore of the borrowed amount was diverted by Kingfisher Airlines, while Rs 263 crore was used to pay salaries, TDS, income tax and loan instalments," read the CBI charge sheet.
"A part of the loan amount was also diverted by Mallya for his personal expenses."
Mallya has protested his innocence throughout, describing a "witch hunt" against him.
He missed 20 of last year's 21 races, attending only the mid-season British Grand Prix at Silverstone, with Deputy Team Principal Bob Fernley taking over trackside duties in his absence.