The issue of the extradition of Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi featured in a virtual summit between India and the UK on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying economic offenders should be sent back to the country as soon as possible to be judged.
India has pressured the UK to extradite Mallya and Modi to stand trial in India for their alleged involvement in financial fraud cases.
At a press conference, Deputy Secretary of the Western Europe Division of the Department of External Affairs (MEA) Sandeep Chakravorty said UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said UK authorities would do everything possible to ensure ensure that economic offenders are extradited. .
“They discussed the extradition of economic offenders and the Prime Minister (Modi) said these offenders should be sent back to India as soon as possible to stand trial,” said Chakravorty.
“Prime Minister Johnson has said he faces legal hurdles due to the nature of the UK criminal justice system but he is aware of this and they will do everything possible to ensure that these people are extradited as soon as possible. early, ”he added.
The Co-Secretary was responding to a question on the matter.
Mallya has been based in the UK since March 2016 and remains on bail following an extradition warrant executed three years ago by Scotland Yard.
In May last year, the fugitive businessman lost his appeals to the UK Supreme Court against his extradition to India to face money laundering and fraud charges.
India subsequently urged the UK not to consider any asylum claim from Mallya as there appeared to be no grounds for persecution in the country.
British Home Secretary Priti Patel last month signed an extradition order for Nirav Modi, wanted in India for fraud and money laundering linked to the estimated USD 2 billion scam of the Punjab National Bank (PNB).
In February, the Westminster Magistrates’ Court found that the fugitive diamond dealer had a case to answer in Indian courts.
On a separate question on whether the UK has asked India to take back Indians who stay there illegally, Chakravorty referred to the migration and mobility partnership the two countries signed on Tuesday.
He said India is against illegal migration because it “prejudices legal migration” and said it will take back those who have not received a nationality or residence permit.
“The Migration and Mobility Partnership is a very comprehensive document. India never encourages illegal migration, we are against illegal migration because it interferes with legal migration. The Migration and Mobility Partnership is therefore a complete document in which we will include Indian nationals, “he said.
“It is our solemn duty. Indian nationals who are undocumented or in distress abroad and do not have nationality or a residence permit must be taken back and I think we will.
“I think this agreement systematizes that, but more than that it creates opportunities for legal migration and I think that’s the aspect we would like to focus on. We would be very happy to see the numbers that have been offers from the UK are increased in the future and a large number of Indian professionals are finding opportunities in the UK, ”added the co-secretary.
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