'My democratic right to vote in Karnataka elections,' says Vijay Mallya
As the extradition battle continued in a UK court, ex-liquor baron Vijay Mallya said even though it is his "democratic right" to vote in the impending Karnataka Assembly elections but his bail conditions won't allow him to leave the UK.
"It is my democratic right to vote in Karnataka but conditions of my bail are such that I cannot leave the UK," Mallya said as he stepped in court for another day of extradition hearing in the UK court.
Mallya, 62, has been involved in a court case filed by the Indian government accusing him of fraud in default case amounting to over 9,000 crores from Indian banks.
"I haven't been following the politics there so cannot comment on the political developments," he added.
The Westminister court had earlier denied Mallya's extradition. The Indian government appealed again, in the last hearing, the judge said it was "blindingly obvious" that Indian banks had broken rules to sanction loans to Mallya.
"There are clear signs that the banks seem to have gone against their own guidelines (in sanctioning some of the loans)," the judge said.
The judge requested the Indian government to explain the activities of the bank officials involved in extending loans to Mallya.
Mallya is currently on a 650,000-pound bail since April last year after his arrest by Scotland Yard.