Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that those who have "looted the poor and the middle classes will have to return what they have looted," hours after businessman Vijay Mallya was arrested in London on loan default charges.
"Indeed. There is no place for corruption in India. Those who looted the poor & middle classes will have to return what they have looted," he tweeted in response to a follower.
He was responding to a tweet by a follower who wrote that "...corruption not only robs us of hard earned money but also of our dignity."
Mallya, who has been declared a proclaimed offender, was arrested in London by Scotland Yard on India's request for his extradition in a loan default case. He was arrested after he appeared at a central London police station this morning.
He appeared before the Westminster's Magistrates' Court in London for his bail hearing and was released on a bail.
Mallya has been declared a proclaimed offender and there are multiple warrants pending against him in India in several cases including loan default and money laundering.
Mallya, whose now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes more than Rs 9,000 crore to various banks, had fled India on March 2, 2016.
Senior Indian officials described his arrest as the first salvo in the case, which will now involve a legal process in the UK to determine if Mallya can be extradited to India to face charges in Indian courts.