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Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya arrested in UK on fraud charges

  • In this June 3, 2010 file photo, United Breweries Group Chairman Vijay Mallya attends the Global Investors Meet organized by Karnataka state government in Bangalore, India. British police said Tuesday, April 18, 2017, they have arrested Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya in London. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)

    In this June 3, 2010 file photo, United Breweries Group Chairman Vijay Mallya attends the Global Investors Meet organized by Karnataka state government in Bangalore, India. British police said Tuesday, April 18, 2017, they have arrested Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya in London. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 27, 2007 file photo, Chairman Kingfisher Airlines Vijay Mallya speaks at an event during Civil Aviation Week - Airport & Airline 2007 Expo or AA 07, in New Delhi, India. British police said Tuesday, April 18, 2017, they have arrested Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya in London on behalf of authorities in India, where he is wanted on charges of money laundering and bank demands that he pay back more than a billion dollars in loans extended to his now-defunct airline. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan, File)

    FILE - In this March 27, 2007 file photo, Chairman Kingfisher Airlines Vijay Mallya speaks at an event during Civil Aviation Week - Airport & Airline 2007 Expo or AA 07, in New Delhi, India. British police said Tuesday, April 18, 2017, they have arrested Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya in London on behalf of authorities in India, where he is wanted on charges of money laundering and bank demands that he pay back more than a billion dollars in loans extended to his now-defunct airline. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan, File)  (The Associated Press)

British police say they have arrested Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya in London on behalf of authorities in India, where he is wanted on charges of money laundering and bank demands that he pay back more than a billion dollars in loans extended to his now-defunct airline.

A statement from the Metropolitan Police in London says Mallya was arrested after appearing in a police station, and will appear in court later Tuesday.

India's Enforcement Directorate, now investigating the liquor baron's debts totaling 94 billion rupees ($1.45 billion), asked a New Delhi court last year to demand Mallya's presence during legal proceedings.

At the time, it said Mallya was not cooperating with investigators, and three times ignored their summons to give evidence.