Vijay Mallya’s defense lawyer has come up with a bizarre description of Indian jails to avoid possible extradition to India.. At present hearing is going on and the topic of discussion is there is ‘no’ bar to extradite Vijay Mallya from UK to India.
Side by side, Vijay Mallya’s lawyer is also seeking a fair trial in India. Incidentally, there is number of cases going against Vijay Mallya. His inability to repay Rs 9,000 crore in loans related to the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines has been the topic of fierce debate in India. There are several Money Laundering Charges against the liquor baron. The next date of the trial has been decided on January 10 which can be a decisive one. There is a close possibility that Judge Emma Arbuthnot may set a timetable for closing arguments. She is also expected to give her ruling on whether Mallya can be extradited to India to face fraud and money laundering charges or not.
The hearings in the court certainly revolved around the issue of Indian jails. Mallya’s defense lawyer went on to say, “India is a huge country, both in terms of population and size…some states are more wealthy than others…and conditions in the prisons in any given state can vary greatly from state to state and within a state…. ” Vijay Mallya’s lawyer has claimed that he suffers from “diabetes, coronary artery disease and sleep apnea” and those conditions would require regular “monitoring” and a healthy “diet”.
Although government of India has assured that Arthur Road Jail is staffed with four doctors, with one on duty 24 hours a day, and in addition four nursing assistants, the lawyer has categorically referred that he was unable to assess the effectiveness of that medical provision in jail as there is no reference to how “many doctors are on duty at one time during the day”.
He thus went on to say that a jail of the size of Mumbai Central Jail, which houses around 3,000 prisoners in all, in the UK would be required to have 12 full-time medical staff and 60 nurses. Thus it seems that Vijay Mallya is making all possible attempts to avoid extradition. The Narendra Modi government is also fighting hard to strengthen its position as a government which doesn’t allow corrupt people to roam free.