British Home Secretary Sajid Javid has signed the order for the extradition of liquor baron Vijay Mallya to India.
The businessman — whose legal team had previously indicated their intention to appeal the extradition — will now have two weeks to lodge an appeal.
The signing of the order on February 3 came just a few days shy of the two-month window from the date of judgement — December 10, 2018 — within which a decision had to be made.
“On 3 February, the Secretary of State, having carefully considered all relevant matters, signed the order for Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India,” the British Home Office said in a statement.
“Vijay Mallya is accused in India of conspiracy to defraud, making false representations and money laundering offenses.”
Under Britain’s extradition rules, Mr. Javid had two months from the date of the judgement to determine whether to order the extradition.
In making extradition decisions, the Minister has to consider issues including whether the death penalty would be involved or the person be extradited to a third country (neither of which would apply in this case).