India wants Vijay Mallya back but extradition is a long and painful process

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With his arrest and consequent bail on Tuesday, the process extraditing Vijay Mallya has begun. But the process itself is arduous and long. Mallya will be given a long rope in the United Kingdom even before he is returned to India. While some law experts claim that the process will at least need four to six months, other believe that it may take years.

Vijay Mallya

After a procedural arrest, Mallya was produced before a court that granted him bail. By his own admission via a tweet, the hearing to extradite Mallya has started 'as expected'. Vijay Mallya will first exhaust all his legal options in the United Kingdoms. The hearing process that started on Tuesday will see argument on whether he should or should not be extradited.

The government of India has given a chargesheet to the London court since a prima facie case of extradition is made out against Mallya. However, the London court will determine whether he should be extradited. After India decided to impound his passport, Vijay Mallya has no passport effectively meaning that he cannot leave the United Kingdom. Running away from London is not going to be a cakewalk for Mallya as it was when he fled India in 2016. He will remain under the court's monitoring till his case of extradition is decided. Mallya's case will be next heard on May 17. Let out on a conditional bail, Mallya can go back to living his life as usual but cannot leave the country, even for a vacation.

The NIA had a tought time getting an arms dealer, Thai National Wuthikorn Naruenartwanich alias Willy, extradited from Thailand. He was brought to India in compliance of the extradition order passed by a criminal court in Bangkok Thailand on March 31, 2014. While the deportation was a sweet victory for the NIA, the whole process of extradition was ardous. The extradition came after several years or talks and heaps of documentation. Willy Naru was the go in between man for the North Eastern militants and the Chinese gun suppliers. The NIA had put up a strong case backed with solid evidence before it made out a case with Thailand seeking the extradition of Willy Naru following which he was arrested in 2013. He was handed over to Indian authorities despite strong documentation only on December 8, 2015.

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