India, UK sign pacts to make extradition of illegal migrants easier

In a major development, the Indian government has signed an important pact with the United Kingdom, allowing for the return of Indians living as illegal migrants in Britain. In addition, the two countries will now share the criminal records and intelligence on mutual interests.
Coming on the backdrop of Vijay Mallya’s money laundering case, the agreement signed between the two countries assumes importance as it will now make easier for India to call for the extradition of Vijay Mallya and try him for the cases pending against him in the Indian courts. The liquor-baron had allegedly skipped away from paying back loans taken from various banks, which amounted to a total of Rs 9,000 crore.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the sharing of criminal records and intelligence and simplified process for the return of illegal migrants to India was signed between the Minister of Home affairs Kiren Rijiju and his counterpart, UK’s Minister of Immigration affairs, Caroline Nokes. “The MoUs signed today will further strengthen the bilateral relationship between India and the UK. As per the pact, we will now be sharing criminal records, fingerprints and other intelligence data as required, with mutual understanding”, a media release from the UK’s Immigration ministry said.