At last, Vijay Mallya on Tuesday was arrested by the London police on the request of Indian authorities
The Westminster Magistrates Court though granted Mallya, 61, bail, three hours later after the former liquor baron furnished a 650000-pound (Rs 5.3 crore) bond.
Mallya on regaining his freedom dismissed the burst of excitement around his arrest as the "Usual Indian media hype. Extradition hearing in Court started today as expected." The implicit message from the one-time King of Good Times: As long as the British courts are around, don't expect to lay hands on me anytime soon.
The India government had requested UK to extradite Mallya to face trial after the liquor and aviation tycoon fled there in March 2016 after Indian banks went to the courts to recover about $1.4 billion that they said Kingfisher owes them.
Twitter was agog, and amidst the more serious responses, there were the chuckle-inducing ones too on the brief arrest, led by this behind-the-bars joke:
What's the need to arrest Vijay Mallya? He has anyway spent most of his life behind bars.#SelfThoo— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) April 18, 2017
Twitter user Monica meanwhile was concerned about the well-being of cricketer Murali Vijay, for this specific reason:
Post the news of the bail, came this:
Doctor Vijay Mallya writing an ayurvedic prescription for Indian media in order to cure premature ejaculation. (2017) pic.twitter.com/fwuZdmfRyW— History of India (@RealHistoryPic) April 18, 2017
Another tweet attempted to rhyme on his surname:
Vijay Mallya to change his name to Vijay Bailliya.— SAGAR (@sagarcasm) April 18, 2017
And then there was this: