Source: News Bharati English14 Jul 2017 15:00:07

New Delhi, July 14: External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay on Thursday said that the process for extraditing Vijay Mallya from UK is already underway. He said that PM Narendra Modi had raised the matter with British PM Theresa May on the sidelines of G-20.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raised the matter with British Prime Minister Theresa May during their meeting on the sidelines of G-20," Baglay said. "The fact that the Prime Minister raised the matter shows the importance India attaches to the issue," he added.

Meanwhile, Vijay Mallya responded to Reuters, said he is not missing India. "All my immediate family is either in England or the US. Nobody in India at all. As far as my step-siblings are concerned, they are all UK citizens. So there's nothing family-wise to miss," he said.

"This witch hunt against me has been going on for a while," said Mallya, who has lived in Britain since 1992 and considers it a second home.

In a June hearing at London court, in a major setback to India, the court expressed surprise that New Delhi has not provided evidence to Mallya yet, 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.

The Enforcement Directorate has said that liquor baron Vijay Mallya laundered over Rs 1,300 crore through 13 shell companies in US, Ireland, Mauritius and France. The Enforcement Directorate had registered a criminal case in this deal last year under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and has attached assets worth over Rs 9,600 crore till now.