An Indian tycoon facing extradition to India appeared at a preliminary hearing in a British court Tuesday.
When a questioner noted that he has been in Britain for the last 15 months and was eluding courts in India, he said: "I have not eluded any court".
Given that Mallya has already been held in contempt of court by the Supreme Court, it remains to be seen how soon India gets Mallya back home, and what fresh troubles await him here. I deny all allegations [brought against me].
This observation was made after Aaron Watkins representing India said that the Crown Prosecution Service needed 4 weeks times to receive the rest of the evidence India and also to review it.
The ED filed the chargesheet a day after the Westminster Magistrates Court in London granted Mallya bail till December 4 in the extradition case.
Taking a dig at the Indian media, he said, reporters could "keep dreaming" about the "billion-dollar" scam he is accused of, but they would not be able to prove anything. I have nothing to say.
Officials hope the ED charge-sheet would strengthen the extradition request based on the CBI's case.
Mallya also said he had "enough evidence" to fight the case, but parried a question whether he fears that a trial in India would be unfair to him.
He denied media reports that he was booed by Indian cricket fans when he arrived to watch the India vs South Africa cricket match at The Oval on Sunday, saying only a "couple of drunk" people had chanted "chor, chor" (thief, thief) but there were several others who came up to him and wished him well. He was quickly released after furnishing a bail bond worth £650,000 and assuring the court of abiding by all conditions associated with extradition proceedings, such as the surrender of his passport and a ban on him possessing any travel documents. According to Enforcement Directorate Mallya has used part of the IDBI bank loan to even fund the Force India Formula 1 Team.
The exact date of the hearing will be discussed again at "a case management hearing" on 6 July.
Whatever the eventual verdict, the case is likely to go through a series of appeals before its conclusion.
On July 10, the government may find it hard to explain, to the apex court, reasons for deferment of extradition proceedings against Mallya in UK.