Mallya arrested after extradition request
18 April 2017 – Force India co-owner and team boss Vijay Mallya has been arrested in the UK, just over two months after India applied to extradite him, the Metropolitan Police have announced.
India's government handed in the request in February 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 Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Vikas Swarup.
"We have an extradition treaty with the UK, and believe we have a legitimate case against Mallya."
Mallya has been accused of diverting significant sums of money intended for his former airline.
On Tuesday morning, a statement issued on the Metropolitan Police website announced Mallya's arrest; he is due to appear in court later today for a preliminary hearing.
"Officers from the Metropolitan Police's Extradition Unit have this morning, Tuesday, April 18 arrested a man on an extraction warrant," read the statement.
"Vijay Mallya, 61, was arrested on behalf of the Indian authorities in relation to accusations of fraud.
"He was arrested after attending a central London police station, and will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later today, April 18."