Vijay Mallya extradition: Swaraj slams UK for raising concern over conditions of India Jail
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, responding to a question on the extradition of liquor baron Vijay Mallya, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi told British PM Theresa May that UK courts asking about the condition of Indian jails is not right.
Sushma Swaraj said, "These are the same prisons where they had jailed our leaders like Gandhi and Nehru."
It may be recalled that Vijay Mallya's lawyer cited poor jail conditions and the alleged threat to human rights are also among the main grounds cited to oppose extradition Mallya's final hearing is due in July.
Mallya's barrister, Clare Montgomery, deposed Dr Alan Mitchell before the Westminster Magistrates' Court in an attempt to highlight that conditions in Barrack 12 of Mumbai Central Prison on Arthur Road, where the 61-year-old businessman is to be held, were "far from satisfactory".
The same issue was also came to the fore during an extradition appeal involving alleged bookie Sanjeev Kumar Chawla in the high court in London.The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), arguing on behalf of the Indian government to extradite Chawla to stand trial in India as a key accused in the cricket match-fixing scandal involving former South African captain Hansie Cronje in 2000, sought to overturn a lower court judgment against extradition on human rights grounds.
(With PTI inputs)