Vastvam web: The flamboyant Indian liquor and aviation tycoon Vijay Mallya was arrested by British police in April on behalf of the Indian authorities, who accuse him of fraud. Mallya’s lawyer, Ben Watson, told a hearing at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ court on Tuesday that India was believed to be preparing a second extradition request with further separate charges.India is seeking Mallya’s extradition over unpaid loans tied to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines after the businessman fled to Britain in March last year.
Mallya has repeatedly dismissed the charges against him.”I deny all allegations that have been made,” he told reporters as he arrived at court. “I have enough evidence to prove my case.”The next hearing will be held on July 6 when Mallya, who was granted an extension to his bail, was told he need not attend. The full extradition hearing was provisionally listed to start on Dec. 4 and to last two weeks.However, any delays or a second extradition request could push the case back to April next year, the court heard.Britain’s extradition process can be complicated and take a long time to conclude. The judge will make a decision based on whether there is a prima facie case against Mallya.