Extradition of Vijay Mallya may take 6-12 months: ED
New Delhi : The extradition of money laundering accused Vijay Mallya from the United Kingdom would take a minimum of 6 to 12 months, according to senior officials of the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
"We are not disheartened with the release of Mallya on bail. We are looking at the development as one step closer to bringing him back to India, but yes, it is a long way to go", an official said.
It would not be an easy process for the investigative agencies and the central government to get Mallya back. At least, a dozen hearings would take place in the local court, with the option of moving the higher courts in the UK itself.
For the last two days, speculation have been doing the rounds that a special team of CBI and ED officials would visit London to appear before the Westminster Magistrates' Court for an extradition hearing against Mallya.
According to sources, senior officials of CBI and ED are working in collaboration to gather all the required case details against Mallya "so that the same could be tabled before the UK legal authorities, strongly".
Mallya would attend an extradition hearing on 17th May.