Vijay Mallya lost his final appeal in the extradition process on April 20 when the High Court denied leave to him to appeal to the UK Supreme Court against extradition.
There’s a difference between something that is secret and another that may be inappropriate, legally impermissible even, to say publicly. The present position of Vijay Mallya within Britain is clear; it’s another matter, and a legal one, that the UK government cannot say so publicly.
The position, as reported first by CNBC-TV 18 and subsequently by The Guardian, is clear. After losing out on every legal recourse to resist extradition to India, Vijay Mallya applied for political asylum. The likelihood that he may eventually get asylum is extremely slim, to put it politely. But the application, and the processing of that application, win him time.
British deputy high commissioner in New Delhi restated the UK government position this week: “I think you are probably aware because we’ve said it a number of times, there is a further legal issue that needs resolving before we would be in a position to extradite Mallya. Extradition can't take place unless that particular legal issue can be resolved...we are trying to resolve the issue as quickly as we can.”