Extradition case: Vijay Mallya takes on media for 'hate campaign'

Extradition case: Vijay Mallya takes on media for 'hate campaign'

On Tuesday, absconding Indian loan-defaulter Vijay Mallya claimed to be innocent while dismissing all allegations against him as he arrived at a London court to attend his extradition hearing.

"I have not eluded any court.I have enough evidence to prove my case", Mallya had told reporters outside the court.

"You can keep dreaming about billions of pounds, provided you have facts to justify your questions".

Chief Magistrate Emma Louise Arbuthnot granted bail to Mallya until December 4.

"I deny all allegations that have been made and I will continue to do that", he said.

"I don't make statements to the media because anything I say is twisted". The next date for hearing will be on July 6. The GOI has filed a case which is before a United Kingdom court.

Vijay Mallya is the former owner of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team that plays in the India Premier League (IPL).

Aaron Watkins, counsel representing India, admitted in the court he needs more time to provide further evidence to extradite Mallya, who is battling a slew of cases in India over his default case involving Rs 9,000 crore worth loans to a clutch of public sector banks.

Mallya was arrested by Scotland Yard in April and has been out on bail. A joint CBI-ED team went to London last month with documents to bolster the Crown's case.

But when a reporter asked him about the "chor, chor" (thief) chants hurled at him during an India-South Africa match last week, Mallya said: "I was not called a thief".

Mallya, who is wanted in India for Kingfisher Airlines' default on loans worth almost Rs 9,000-crore, has been in the United Kingdom since March 2016 and was arrested by Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant on April 18.

After his brazen appearance at a Champions Trophy cricket match, he had on June 4 tweeted: "Wide sensational media coverage on my attendance at the India vs Pakistan match at Edgbaston".

The flamboyant Indian liquor and aviation tycoon, 61, was arrested by British police in April on behalf of the Indian authorities, who accuse him of fraud.

That ruling can be challenged in a higher court before being passed to the Home Secretary (interior minister) for approval.

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