'Issue of India's economic offenders staying in Britain to be discussed during PM's visit'

ANI | Updated: Apr 18, 2018 08:52 IST

London [United Kingdom], April 18 (ANI):  Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Yashwardhan Kumar Sinha on Tuesday said in addition to terrorism, issue of India's economic offenders staying here will be discussed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Britain.

"Economic offender issues will be discussed in the visit along with some of the cases being monitored by the court. Terrorism will also be discussed," he told ANI.

Some of India's economic offenders, including liquor baron Vijay Mallaya and former Indian Premier League honcho Lalit Modi, are staying here.

In 2016, Mallaya left India where he is wanted for financial irregularities amounting to total Rs 9,000 crore. Currently, he is facing a trial in the UK court in this connection.

India is also seeking Britain's cooperation in the extradition of Lalit Modi, who is being probed here for a IPL media rights deal worth Rs 425 crore .

Sinha further said that there is no meeting planned with Pakistan on the sidelines of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

The high commissioner further informed that Prime Minister Modi will also be honoured to a private audience with Queen Elizabeth, an event which has been organised previously for only three nations.

Further, an event named ' Bharat ki Baat sabke saath' will be held in to discuss the impact of technology on the world.

Sinha said, "UK’s investment in India’s was earlier in No. 1 and now is second after Japan. So, we in the true sense are bilaterally related."

"As far as bilateral is concerned Prime Minister of India came in 2015, UK Prime Minister went in 2016 and now this, so high level meets and also at Ministerial level is happening basically to cement the relationship between them,” Sinha added.

Considering the political and economic instability to be faced by the United Kingdom with respect to the Brexit event, the bilateral talks between India and the UK will be of immense importance.

He then mentioned of the age-old indigenous practice of Ayurveda in India and how the tourists especially visit the country to enjoy the Ayurveda treatment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi after wrapping up his one-day visit to Sweden has reached the United Kingdom for a three-day visit to the nation.  (ANI)