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Indian court declares tycoon living in Britain an economic offender

Mr Mallya remains free on bail in London and can appeal against the ruling.

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Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya (Nick Ansell/PA)

Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya (Nick Ansell/PA)

Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya (Nick Ansell/PA)

An Indian court has declared a tycoon living in Britain a fugitive economic offender, a ruling that will allow authorities to confiscate his properties and assets.

Judge MS Azmi’s decision on Saturday comes less than a month after a court in the UK ruled that Vijay Mallya should be extradited to India to face financial fraud allegations.

Mr Mallya remains free on bail in London and can appeal against the ruling.

Mr Mallya, who left India in 2016, is accused of money laundering and cheating Indian banks out of hundreds of millions of pounds. He has denied wrongdoing.

He was declared a fugitive economic offender under a new Indian law that applies to a person accused of financial fraud of more than one billion rupees (£11.2 million) and who has fled India in a bid to avoid prosecution.

Mr Mallya, who in 1983 became chairman of an alcohol company once led by his father, was a leading figure among India’s business elite.

He launched Kingfisher Airlines and had an ownership stake in India’s Formula One racing team.

PA Media