Working on Mallya's extradition process: Arun Jaitley
Jaitley on Wednesday spoke in Rajya Sabha on issue of Vijay Mallya deportation from the UK.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that the Government is looking at alternative processes to extradite Vijay Mallya from the UK.
Jaitley said, "What I have learnt so far is that deportation can't be allowed if someone entered UK through valid passport and then its cancelled. Another alternative process is that when the charge-sheet is filed after investigation, then extradition (of Mallya from UK) has to be demanded."
This isn't the first time Britain has taken a similar stance, Jaitley told the House.
Earlier, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup, "the UK Government has informed that under the 1971 Immigration Act, the UK does not require an individual to hold a valid passport in order to remain in the UK if they have extant leave to remain as long as their passport was valid when leave to remain or enter the UK was conferred."
However, the UK has acknowledged the seriousness of the allegations and has expressed its keenness to assist India in the matter and have asked the government to consider requesting mutual legal assistance or extradition.