In all likelihood liquor baron Vijay Mallya, former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi and middleman in AugustaWestland chopper scam Christian Michel might be deported from UK to India, with India and UK exchanging lists of those to be extradited from each other’s countries.
Both Mallya and (Lalit) Modi, who have made the UK their home, are wanted by the Enforcement Directorate in money laundering cases.
India gave names of as many as 57 suspects hiding in the UK and the latter gave a list of 17 suspects they wanted extradited from India.
The request was put forward to the UK during the bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Theresa May in New Delhi. Both the leaders gave a commitment for increased cooperation to facilitate extradition requests from both sides under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) or against whom Letter Rogatory were issued.
In a joint statement, Modi and May strongly condemned honouring terrorists and striving to distinguish between good and bad terrorists.
According to media reports, the joint statement read that terrorists, terror organisations and networks should be identified and brought to justice. Also, strict steps should be taken against those who support and finance terrorism, provide shelter to terrorists and terror groups.
In this regard, India and the UK pointed out Pakistan’s failure to act against the accused of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
An India-UK defence consultative group will meet on November 15 and 16 to look at the UK’s proposals, including technology linkages, military to military cooperation, research, defence manufacturing and training. In this context, the first India-UK Energy Summit will be held early next year.