For early extradition of liquor baron Vijay Mallya and former IPL honcho Lalit Modi, India today sought the help of United Kingdom, along with locating diamantaire Nirav Modi during the third Indo-UK home affairs dialogue in Delhi, officials said.
New Delhi also asked London not to let the British territory to be used for anti-India activities by Kashmiri and Khalistani separatists.
“We have sought the help of the authorities in the UK in the extradition of our wanted persons. The process is on and everyone knows because of our proactive action, Vijay Mallya had to go to a court in the UK,” an official privy to the two-hour long meeting in the capital city.
While the Indian delegation was led by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, the UK team was led by Patsy Wilkinson.
Issues related to Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi and Nirav Modi figured in the meeting, an official said. India also sought the UK’s assistance in the extradition of alleged cricket bookie Sanjiv Kapur and legal help in the prosecution of 16 other alleged criminals.
Vijay Mallya, facing CBI and ED investigations, is accused of defrauding Indian banks of Rs. 9,000 crore.
He left India on March 2, 2016, and was arrested by Scotland Yard in 2017 on an extradition warrant. Out on bail, Vijay Mallya is fighting the extradition case in a UK court.
Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, who left India early this year, are wanted by authorities for allegedly duping Punjab National Bank of Rs. 13,000 crore. Lalit Modi left India after being charged with money laundering.