Why it may take 10 years before Mallya is finally extradited to India

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Legal experts say that it could be easily another 10 to 15 years before liquor baron, Vijay Mallya is finally extradited to India. India has an extradition treaty signed with the UK which dates back to 1992. There has been just one extradition so far since the signing of the treaty and that is the case of Vinubhai Patel who had in fact not opposed his extradition.

Vijay Mallya

For Mallya the options are plenty. The hearing on his extradition begins on May 17. This hearing could go on for at least an year. If he loses the case, he will appeal before the British High Court. If he exhausts that option as well, he will move the Home Secretary of the UK.

If that option also does not go in his favour then he can move the UK Supreme Court. India on the other hand have a tough case on hand where it will have a variety of issues to prove apart from convincing the courts and authorities in the UK.

The first option during an argument advanced always relates to human rights. If India manages to prove that there indeed is a case on hand, then it would have a lot of convincing to do on the human rights front. Indian agencies will have to impress the courts that there would be no violation of human rights. If the agencies manage to win on this front, then the issue of political vendetta would come up. India will have to also convince the courts that there is no political vendetta involved in the extradition of Mallya and only once these hurdles are won over will Mallya be finally extradited.

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