All allegations against me fabricated, says Vijay Mallya

All allegations against me fabricated, says Vijay Mallya

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya who was arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in London appeared in London's Westminster Court on Monday.

Mallya's side argued that he fears for his life in India, now prosecution is preparing a submission by the Indian government outlining the security measures that will be in place for him.

Speaking outside the Westminster Magistrates Court, Mallya refused to comment further and asked journalists to attend the trial beginning December 4. The extradition hearing of liquor baron confirmed for eight days starting from December 4. For the first time since June, when hearings in his case began, top English barrister Clare Montgomery, who specialises in fraud and extradi tion cases, represented Mallya in court. Another person set to give evidence, it previous emerged, is Dr. Alan Mitchell who has previously given evidence in other extradition cases on prison conditions in India.

The case will open on December 4 with opening arguments and the witness statement of Dr Humphreys.

"Please come to court and witness the hearing yourself.all the allegations against me are baseless and fabricated.", he said as he was swamped by mediapersons.

Mr Mallya today said he was concerned about India adding " more evidence" later on. The court heard that defence witnesses for Mallya will include Professor Lau, as an expert on the Indian legal system, Margaret Sweeney, chief accountant at Force India Formula One team, and a Mr Rex.

Mallya was arrested and granted bail in London by the Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant on April 18.

The case against Vijay Mallya is being opposed by the UK's Crown Prosecution Service on behalf of the Indian authorities presented extra charges of money laundering at the last hearing in the case on October 3.

But after Monday's hearing, it's apparent that the 61-year-old industrialist, whose company owes Rs 9,000 crore to a consortium of 17 banks, is growing a bit jittery.

The CPS said it was technically re-filing its extradition request in court, after the new charges "superseded" the previous ongoing case.

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