The government on Thursday took a decisive step to get back liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is accused of loan default and financial irregularities by investigation agencies.
The government on Thursday said that it has given extradition request for the businessman to the UK High Commission.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed that it has handed over the extradition request of Vijay Mallya as received from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to the UK High Commission.
Under the laws of extradition, a host country is expected to ship back a man wanted for crime in his own country. Commenting on the situation, Swarup said India has an extradition treaty with Britain.
"We've today handed over the request for extradition of Vijay Mallya as received from the CBI to the UK High Commission in New Delhi. We have requested the UK side to extradite him to face trial in India," said MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup at a press briefing.
Asserting that India has a "legitimate" case against Mr Mallya, he said if an extradition request is honoured, it shows their "sensitivity towards our concerns".
"We have made the extradition request in prescribed format and it is for the UK to deliberate on the request and take further action," he added.
Swarup also said India is yet to make an extradition request for former IPL Chairman Lalit Modi.
Mallya fled to Britain in March 2016 after being pursued in courts by banks seeking to recover about Rs 9,000 crore owed by his Kingfisher Airline. Despite multiple injunctions, he has failed to appear before investigators at the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a probe under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Last month, a CBI court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Mallya in the Rs 720-crore IDBI Bank loan default case.