King of weary times
To fight his extradition, Mallya has sought the example of Rajan Pillai who died in jail due to lack of care, elaborates Adam bin Mohammad
The 'King of Good Times' Vijay Mallya – business tycoon and flamboyant fugitive from the Indian justice system – has told a British court that Indian prisons are worse than the notorious Russian jails and that he will surely die behind the bars if he is extradited to India. Western countries take such pleas and prisoner's rights very seriously. Abu Salem's extradition from Portugal was accepted under specific conditions. Salem was a criminal. Mallya is a wily conman. With the kind of jails in India, cramped with overcrowding and corruption, he might even beat extradition, despite all the loot he ran off with. He could very well take some tips from how the prison system treated another rakish and colourful tycoon, twenty-one years ago. In 1995, flamboyant Indian business tycoon with the sobriquet 'Biscuit King' had similarly battled extradition, from India to Singapore.