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Business tycoon Vijay Mallya can’t be extradited to India anytime soon, a British High Commission official has said. Mallya is wanted in India in the Rs 9,000 crore loan default case involving 17 banks.

The statement has come in the backdrop of some media reports claiming that that Mallya was being flown to Mumbai and he would be accompanied by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials.

A British High Commission spokesman was quoted by CNBC TV as saying Mallya cannot be extradited to India anytime soon as there is a legal issue that needs to be resolved.

“There is a further legal issue that needs resolving before Mr Mallya’s extradition can be arranged. Under United Kingdom law, extradition cannot take place until it is resolved,” said the spokesperson.

The spokesperson said that the issue is confidential and “we cannot go into any detail”. “We cannot estimate how long this issue will take to resolve. We are seeking to deal with this as quickly as possible,” the channel quoted him saying.

Issuing further clarification, the UK High Commission reiterated that there is no change in the extradition status as yet. Vijay Mallya was last month denied permission to appeal to the UK Supreme Court against a High Court order that upheld a 2018 ruling to extradite him to India to face fraud charges resulting from the collapse of his defunct company Kingfisher Airlines.

As per UK’s Extradition Act, an individual has to be extradited with 28 days of an order by a High Court or Supreme Court. However, if the individual had made an asylum claim, which refers to an appeal to stay in the UK as a refugee, the extradition cannot be done unless the claim is settled.

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