Vijay Mallya arrested in London

"Legal process in this regard is underway in the UK", Baglay said. "The two governments are in touch in this context".

The Westminster Magistrates' Court later gave him bail on a 650,000-pound bond. The court has set May 17 as the date for the next hearing.

Mallya has responded to the arrest via his personal Twitter account by explaining his extradition hearing started "as expected".

Mallya has been accused of fraud and was arrested by the Metropolitan police on behalf of the Indian authorities. "Usual Indian media hype". The primary court, where his case is being considered, will have only advisory jurisdiction and not adjunctory jurisdiction in this extradition matter. Despite multiple injunctions, Mallya failed to appear before investigators - and then flew out of India.

While there are already 15 extradition requests pending with the British government, London was asked to act on Mallya's case with "priority" - India is yet to make an extradition request for former IPL chairman Lalit Modi.

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Indian television channel CNN News18 reported that Mallya was arrested by Scotland Yard and a team of Indian law enforcement officials would visit London to begin work on his extradition. "Officers from the Metropolitan Police's Extradition Unit have this morning, Tuesday 18 April arrested a man on an extraction warrant". He was arrested at about 3 pm IST.

He will appear in court in London later Tuesday, the statement said. From billionaire liquor baron to two-time Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament to fugitive from justice living in London, life may have finally come full circle for UB Group Chairman Vijay Mallya. Last month, setting in motion the process of extradition of Mallya, the British government had certified India's request and sent it to a district judge for further action. The minister said extradition requests for criminal fugitives Raymond Varley, Ravi Shankaran, Velu Boopalan, Ajay Prasad Khaitan, Virendra Kumar Rastogi and Anand Kumar Jain had been rejected by the United Kingdom government.

".but within one hour, Vijay Mallya got bail. So, the government should stop misleading the people of India", Surjewala added.

Mallya, who owned a liquor business, ran into trouble when a premium airline he launched in 2005 went bankrupt. His now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes more than Rs 9,000 crore to many banks.

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