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Vijay Mallya to be kept in Kasab’s Barrack 12 in Mumbai Jail, Govt informs London court

Writing to the London court about the living and security conditions of fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya, the Union Government submitted the report on the same after he is extradited to India.

After Vijay Mallya is brought back to India, he would be living in the same jail where the 26-11 Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab was kept in Arthur Road jail.

In the report, submitted by the government, states that Arthur Road jail, which is located near Mahalaxmi racecourse, has all the measures for the safety and security of the inmate. “The report was prepared in detail by the jail department and handed over to the government, which in turn, through the CBI, sent it to the Westminster Magistrates’ Court which is hearing Mallya’s extradition case,” said a source. The report speaks about the security system and condition of the jail barrack. This is to make sure the London court could speed up the extradition process.

The Arthur Road jail has official capacity to lodge prisoners is 804 while it houses over 2,500 inmates.

A joint team of the enforcement directorate (ED) and the CBI visited London in July to brief UK prosecutors working on Mallya’s extradition and submitted fresh proof. The CBI also explained Mallya’s role in the ED case with evidence. The Crown Prosecution Service will argue the case in court on behalf of the Indian government.

ED charge-sheeted Mallya, including nine other in the money laundering case. In their report, Mallya has been called “prime mover of the entire plot” and described how funds obtained from the bank loan allegedly routed abroad illegally. Mallya, who is wanted in India for Kingfisher Airlines default on loans worth nearly Rs 9,000 crore, has been in the UK since March 2016. He was arrested by Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant on April 18 and later granted bail. The next date for hearing the extradition case has been fixed December 4.

India and the UK have an extradition treaty, signed in 1992, but so far, only one extradition has taken place under the arrangement—Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel was sent back to India last October to face trial in connection with his involvement in the post-Godhra riots of 2002.

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