New Delhi: UK Prime Boris Johnson on Friday said the UK government has ordered the extradition of Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, tycoons who are on the run from Indian law, adding that there are some “legal technicalities” which have made it difficult.
“There are legal technicalities that have made it difficult… The UK government has ordered their extradition. We want them to be taken to India for trial,” he said.
“We welcome people who are talented… we don’t welcome people who want to use our legal system to evade law here in India,” he added.
In response to another question on some Khalistani groups creating their base in the UK, he said, “We don’t tolerate extremist groups in the UK… What we have done in particular is set up an anti extremist task force to see what we can do to help India”.
Nirav Modi and his wife Ami fled India in the first week of January 2018, soon after a massive public sector bank fraud came into light.
Nirav Modi and his firms are accused of fraudulently getting issued 150 Letters of Undertaking from the Brady House branch of Punjab National Bank and duped the bank of Rs. 6,498 crore.
Liquor baron Mallya, who also owned the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines, is accused of defrauding Indian banks to the tune of Rs. 9,000 crore. He has been in the UK since March 2016.