The extradition case against Vijay Mallya is going to resume on Friday at London’s Westminster Court. During the hearing, India will argue that the statements recorded by CBI against Mallya under Sec 161 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) are very much admissible.
Back in January, Vijay Mallya’s lawyer Claire Montgomery had objected that the documents and evidence were not admissible. It was questioned that the witness statements recorded under Sec 161 CrPC is not admissible in a court of law in India.
To this, a government official said that for an extradition hearing, statements recorded under Sec 161 CrPC is enough. CBI didn’t require any statement under Sec 164 CrPC before a magistrate because that is required for a trial.
Notably, the Crown Prosecution Services Lawyer Mark Summers is representing Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Westminster magistrate court. Summers is likely to inform the court that Mallya has committed a crime under the UK Fraud Act 2006 through “falsities and misstatements” on the basis of documentary evidence. Allegedly, the businessman lied to the public sector banks and gave wrong information for availing loans.
As per the reports, the court is going to hear the admissibility of evidence for the next few days. However, the judgment will be reserved until June end. However, CBI is positive that they will bring Vijay Mallya back to India as there is a strong evidence to probe his dual criminality. Not only he cheated Indian banks of Crores of rupees but also laundered the money to the UK.