IT is becoming clear that extradition of Vijay Mallya is not going to be easy. The arrest of Mallya raised hopes of banks and others in India that he will be brought to India and justice will be done. India's finance minister personally went to London and met among others, the prime minister, and made out a strong case for extradition of Mallya. Mallya plays it cool. Just a few hours after arrest, he was let off on bail. He says what has happened is due to "media hype". In democratic UK, legal procedures are long and tedious.
The Indian government which has hailed the arrest as a "positive move", is taking the next legal and diplomatic step. A lot of work has to be done by the government. It has to prove that Vijay Mallya has committed a crime in India. It has been doing this for sometime now. Our CBI officers are in London doing the necessary work.
It looks like the UK is not very much inclined to regard Mallya as a criminal. It appears to have, instead, quite a good opinion of him. It is apparent that the UK has been so far giving all possible help to Mallya. It has in fact tried all possible democratic avenues to block the extradition move. It is a fact it is under pressure from the Indian government but it is clear it will give all democratic opportunities to Mallya to avoid extradition. One thing is certain: the case may finally go against Vijay Mallya but the extradition move will take a long time to complete.