Force India Formula 1 owner Vijay Mallya has been arrested in London following a formal extradition request from India, where he faces charges of fraud.
Mallya has been facing calls for extradition from Indian officials for some time over alleged financial irregularities surrounding Kingfisher Airlines, which closed down four years ago.
London’s Metropolitan Police confirmed in a statement issued on Tuesday that Mallya had been arrested before making a court appearance later in the day.
“Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Extradition Unit have this morning, Tuesday 18 April arrested a man on an extraction warrant,” the statement said.
“Vijay Mallya, 61, 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.”
Mallya made the court appearance and was released on bail for £650,000 ($834,000), before taking to Twitter to post a short message to say that all the steps being taken are formalities in extradtion cases.
Mallya established Force India in 2008, and has since turned it into one of F1’s strongest midfield teams, recording its best-ever finish of fourth place in the constructors’ championship last year.
We’ve written before about Daniel Ricciardo’s love of Dale Earnhardt and his love of the No. 3, which Ricciardo has selected as his permanent number for the duration of his Formula 1 career. And additionally, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has offered up the opportunity that one day Ricciardo could race a JR Motorsports car in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition, and Ricciardo has said he’d be up for it.
And although Earnhardt Jr. has only used the No. 3 on a handful of occasions in his career in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Ricciardo knows how much the number means to the NASCAR veteran as he prepares for his final few starts in the Cup Series the tail-end of this year.
After the Mexican Grand Prix next week, Ricciardo is set to stay in North America for the off-week between the Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix.
In that break, he said he’ll see Earnhardt Jr. in person at the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN) to ensure he gets to see him before he retires from full-time competition.
Ricciardo explained his planning during Thursday’s pre-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass, speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.
“Well I’ll see him for the first time in Dallas. I’m gonna go to the NASCAR race in two weeks time at Texas Motor Speedway,” Ricciardo told NBCSN.
“Yeah, so, I gotta see him race before he hangs up the helmet.
“The Earnhardt family is a huge name in motorsport, not only in America but all over the world. Yeah I wish him well.”
Ricciardo is also optimistic he’ll get the chance to do a helmet swap with Earnhardt Jr. at the event.
“Hopefully I get to see him perform well in Texas. I’m gonna try to do a helmet swap with him. We’ll see how we go.”
Stay tuned for more on this over the coming weeks.