Vijay Mallya responded to the reports of his arrest with the following Tweet: “Usual Indian media hype. Extradition hearing in Court started today as expected”.
The Metropolitan Police, however, did issue a statement as follows:
“Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Extradition Unit have this morning, Tuesday 18 April, arrested a man on an extradition warrant,” it said. “Vijay Mallya, 61 (18/12/1955), was arrested on behalf of the Indian authorities in relation to accusations of fraud. He was arrested after attending a central London police station, and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court later today, 18 April”.
So Vijay Mallya was arrested this morning. There was no police chase, nor a raid on his house, nonetheless he was place under arrest.
So where’s the hype in that?