Boost to CBI on proof admissibility in Mallya case, next hearing on July 11

London, Apr 27: The bulk of the evidence submitted by Indian authorities against embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya was on Friday admitted by a United Kingdom court in connection with his ongoing extradition trial.
The 62-year-old, who is wanted in India to face charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore, had his 6,50,000 pounds bail extended until the next date of hearing on July 11.
When the court reconvenes, oral submissions will be made on closing arguments to be submitted in writing to Judge Emma Arbuthnot of the Westminister Magistrate’s Court over the next two months.
The judge is then expected to indicate plans for a verdict in the case at the next hearing.
Earlier, Mallya was back in court for the hearing during which the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) got a boost as the judge confirmed that the bulk of the evidence submitted by the Indian authorities will be admissible.
Friday’s hearing comes days after the Indian government’s high court appeal against a previous Westminster Magistrates’ Court extradition ruling that had been denied.
UK-based Sanjeev Kumar Chawla, wanted in India as a key accused in the cricket match-fixing scandal involving former South African captain Hanse Cronje in 2000, had been discharged in October last year on human rights grounds over severe conditions in Delhi’s Tihar Jail, where the accused was to be held on being extradited.
District Judge Rebecca Crane had based her verdict to discharge Chawla largely upon the testimony of Dr Alan Mitchell, former head of healthcare at the Scottish Prison Service and an elected member of the European Council’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT).
Mallya’s defence team has previously deposed the same prisons expert in his extradition case, who told Judge Arbuthnot during the course of the trial that conditions in all Indian jails are “far from satisfactory”. (Agencies)