17 Aug 2016
Enforcement Directorate (ED) will opt for Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT)to extradite Vijay Mallya from UK. Some sources told ET Now that ED has written to Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for starting process under MLAT. The India-UK MLAT has a clause where the treaty can be invoked in a criminal probe case seeking the “transfer of persons, including persons in custody, for the purpose of assisting in investigations or giving evidence” and it is understood that ED considers this step a better legal tool than the regular extradition action to get a person back to country, under investigation by Indian probe agencies. In extradition without MLAT, an agency has to file a charge sheet first and then notify the counterpart country to send back the fugitive, which is a time taking affair.
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