Fugitive industrialist Vijay Mallya was granted bail after being taken into custody today by the Metropolitan Police's Extradition Unit at a central London police station. The Metropolitan Police in a press release issued post the arrest said that Vijay Mallya, aged 61 was arrested on behalf of the Indian authorities in relation to accusations of fraud. Mallya was produced at Westminster Magistrates' Court where hearings in his extradition case began today. Mobile grab of India Today's coverage of Vijay Mallya's arrest Finally, Mallya himself set all speculations to rest when he tweeted about his release on bail.
Earlier as the news broke of his arrest, Twitter erupted in joy. While some of them pointed it out as a big victory for the Modi government, others wondered if time has finally run out for the tycoon in hiding.
Usual Indian media hype. Extradition hearing in Court started today as expected.� Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) April 18, 2017
As someone who is fairly well versed in matters of extradition, #VijayMallya's arrest in London is BIG. Shot in the arm for the government.� Chitra Subramaniam (@chitraSD) April 18, 2017
#VijayMallya arrested in London. Likely to be extradited to India. This is what my Gov can do. To all naysayers!� Lalit (@lalitinvestor) April 18, 2017
Before I see news on #VijayMallya arrest I get to see news on his bail. I am slow or he's too fast� Uppe (@upendrakolan) April 18, 2017