The home ministry had recently told the Maharashtra government to improve the conditions of its Arthur Road jail where Mr Mallya would be sent if he is extradited from the United Kingdom. This jail already has had quite a few famous inmates including former Maharashtra minister Chhagan Bhujbal who faces corruption charges.
Once dubbed the “King of Good Times”, the liquor baron, who is the co-owner of Formula One team Force India, had been living in Britain since March last year as the banks started collaborating on the recovery of the loans. He was briefly arrested by the UK police in April following India’s request for extradition.
A joint team of the Central Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate is in London to submit fresh evidence in the case including the charge-sheet filed by directorate officials last month in a Mumbai court. The court is expected to start hearings in December this year and deliver its verdict within a few weeks.
Mr Mehrishi’s visit came against the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s talks with Prime Minister Theresa May on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Hamburg recently. PM Modi had asked for Britain’s cooperation in sending “economic offenders” back to India.