You can run, it seems, but you can’t hide…not from the Metropolitan Police in London who have just arrested Force India team boss, Vijay Mallya.

Mallya is sought by the Indian government for unpaid debts related to his Kingfisher airlines back in 2012 and has been in the UK for over a year now only attending the British Grand Prix last year. Extradition was sought by the Indian government on February 8 and it seems the UK authorities have complied.

‘Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Extradition Unit have this morning, Tuesday 18 April arrested a man on an extradition warrant.

‘Vijay Mallya, 61 (18/12/1955), was arrested on behalf of the Indian authorities in relation to accusations of fraud.

‘He was arrested after attending a central London police station, and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court later today, 18 April.’

The UK has a formal process that must be followed including a court appearance for a preliminary hearing followed by an extradition hearing before any action can be taken by the secretary of state. The Indian government believes it has a strong case against Mallya but he tweeted a different opinion.

“Usual Indian media hype. Extradition hearing in Court started today as expected.” Mallya said via Twitter.

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  • Max Johnson

    Bailed. Business as usual.

  • charlie white

    Recently heard on Vijay’s Spotify play list:
    Taxman-the Beatles
    I Fought The Law-the Clash
    Jailbreak – Thin Lizzy
    Don’t Take Me Alive – Steely Dan

  • Salvu Borg

    He is currently been Bailed.
    Prior to Brexit the British government was shielding no less 20 on the Indian government list of wanted people (requested extraditions).
    In the wake of Brexit the British government become desperate to find some big trading partners, which resulted in these latest 20 arrests of people wanted by the Indian government.

  • Salvu Borg

    Last time I was involved with a “piece of Mallya” was in 2008, when I was part of the team that overhauled 2 of his 3 MTU V20 CYLINDERS 10.4 INCH BORE 12.4 INCH STROKE 6720KW/9655BHP @ 1150RPM (each) propulsion engines plus his 4 MTU 8V CYLINERS 280KW (each) generators all with a combined fuel consumption of 2000Litres per hour at a cruising speed of 18 knots per hour.

    • jakobusvdl

      Vijay is definitely one of the ‘have yachts’ then.
      Sounds like one hell of a grunty power unit! Times have moved on since the GFC and F1 rule changes, he’s probably running some nice little hybrid units now, same output but 30% less fuel…

      • Salvu Borg

        The MTU 20V is L=6645MM, W=2040MM, and H=3375MM.
        As a V20 cylinder it is considered very compact and with very good power to weight and to consumption ratio.
        After that (Malya job) I came upon another two 20V MTU’S (again involved with) this time on a big all aluminum made catamaran build in Australia not long ago named JEAN DE LA VALLETT.
        The job, replace all cylinders assemble/units (cylinder/piston/con-rod/cylinder head) these unites are ready assembled and ready to drop in, the problem, defective water leak into the cylinder, warrantee job.

        • jakobusvdl

          I suppose for 6.7Mw output that is quite compact. I recall seeing 1Mw I.c.e’s that ran on methane from a rubbish dump, they wouldn’t have been much smaller.
          How do they stop something like those V20’s shaking the yacht apart?

          • Salvu Borg

            you will be totally surprised how smooth they ran, ok one needs ear protection around them.
            And by the way the Australian company that build the big Jean de la Vallett is AUSTAL OF WESTERN AUSTRAIA.

          • jakobusvdl

            I’ve just had a look on their website, the boats they make are even bigger than I imagined. In something that big, I can imagine those monster motors wouldn’t shake the boat to bits.

  • Daniel Johnson

    Man if his hair was less cool he could be president one day.