As Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister of State for Home, met with his British counterpart today, a recent UK court order hung heavy between them. The order, linked to a bookie wanted in India, may impact the government’s request for liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s extradition.
The Westminster Magistrate’s court in London, which is handling the Mallya case and is set to take it up in two weeks, recently refused to send bookie Sanjeev Kumar Chawla to India after an expert cited “unsafe, inhuman and degrading” conditions in Delhi’s Tihar jail. her judgement, District Judge Rebecca Crane said, “I am not satisfied that there is an effective system of protection against torture in the receiving state. While the Supreme Court in India has raised concerns about prison conditions, the court has found little has changed in practice and overcrowding remains a problem. Evidence suggests… monitoring systems are not effective in practice.”
Mr Rijiju, in his meeting with Brandon Lewis, pushed for 13 extraditions – including that of Mr Mallya, Indian Premier League founder Lalit Modi and Sanjeev Kumar Chawla. “We made our position clear. The response is positive from the government’s side but there can’t be a detailed discussion as the matter is in court,” the minister told reporters.