FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 file photo, Indian business man Vijay Mallya takes a smoking break outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London. Britain’s Home Secretary Sajid Javid on Monday Feb. 4, 2019, signed the order paving the way for the extradition of tycoon Vijay Mallya to India to face financial fraud allegations. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

UK official signs order to extradite tycoon Mallya to India

February 04, 2019 - 10:19 pm

LONDON (AP) — A British official has signed an order that paves the way for tycoon Vijay Mallya's extradition to India to face financial fraud allegations.

The government office that oversees immigration and other issues said in a statement issued on Monday that Home Secretary Sajid Javid "carefully considered all relevant matters" before signing the extradition order.

Mallya has 14 days to appeal.

Known for his flashy lifestyle, he was a leading figure among India's business elite. He launched Kingfisher Airlines and owned a stake in the Force India Formula One team.

Mallya is accused in India of conspiracy to defraud, making false representations and money laundering offenses.

He has multiple medical problems, but British Judge Emma Arbuthnot ruled last month he could receive adequate medical care in prison if he were extradited.

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