Ahead of appearing before London’s Westminster Court on Monday, liquor baron Vijay Mallya said the charges against him were false, fabricated and baseless. A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers from India will be attending the extradition trial of the embattled businessman. The trial will continue on the 5th, 6th, 7th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th of December. “I have said repeatedly that the charges are false, fabricated and baseless. I have nothing to say; the submissions in court will be self evident. I am not a decision maker. I follow the proceedings. They are all public proceedings,” Mallya told. Over the next ten days, the chief magistrate at Westminster Magistrate’s Court, Emma Arbuthnot, will hear the case presented by Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service on behalf of the Indian Government and the defence on which Mallya will hope to thwart efforts to return him to India to face prosecution. Mallya, who shifted to the UK, is wanted in India for financial irregularities involving a total amount of Rs 9,000 crore as well as money laundering. In an earlier hearing, he appeared before the chief magistrate at Westminster Magistrate’s Court.
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