2. SOUNDBITE (English) Suresh Prabhu, Indian commerce minister:
"The UK is in a very unique situation today. So we have not really done any formal negotiations with the UK as such today, because today they are still there (in the EU) together. So we have I hope at an appropriate time, we are always open for talks with any country, any bloc, for opening up markets for each other."
3. Cutaway of news conference
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Kiren Rijiju, Indian minister of state for home affairs:
"The Mallya case is a legal case. Now they also have limitations. We just need the UK government's action to be positive, which is (what) we have found. But other than that, when it comes to the court case, we all understand the independence of the judiciary, so nothing much can be done there."
5. Reporter asks question in news conference
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Kiren Rijiju, Indian minister of state for home affairs:
"The independence of the judiciary is the basis of the whole process, but if the government do not act promptly, or the government do not act with the necessary zeal, then the case will get automatically delayed. So the fact that this case is being heard rapidly at this pace, which has never happened before, that shows the UK government is doing a good job by putting things in place, and the court is hearing the case. Now it's up to the court. We have to make the best use of the situation, and that's what we are doing."
(Question: But asking for positive action from the government…?)
"Proactive. Positive action means proactive action from the British government, which they are doing."
(Question: Might that not be seen as interfering in the judicial process?)
"No. It is the government who has to prosecute, it is the government who has to come up with the facts and figures. The judiciary has to decide on the basis of facts placed before the court. So how can you say this is interference?"
(Question: The defence say the (prosecution) evidence in unreliable...")
"That is up to the defence lawyers. They have to say that. What is the option they have?
(Question: You're quite satisfied with the veracity of the prosecution statements?)
"The way things are getting progressed, I can assure my satisfaction."
(Question: Are you hopeful he will get extradited?)
"That, the court will say finally."
7. Rijiju descends staircase
8. Wide of Prabhu talking to reporter
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Suresh Prabhu, Indian commerce minister:
"We are already at a very advanced stage of talking to the EU on several trade issues. Recently, we invited the EU again to India, so we started to talk again with them. Now, we hope in the next few months we will be able to take it forward."
10. Prahbu descends staircase
11. Wide of hotel where news conference took place, with Indian flag flying in front
The Indian government on Friday denied that its extradition case against business tycoon Vijay Mallya is flawed.
Kiren Rijiju, minister of state for home affairs, dismissed claims from Mallya's defence team that prosecution witness statements were unreliable.
Rijiju urged the British government to maintain its "positive action" over the issue, but insisted he wasn't trying to interfere in the case, stressing he respected the independence of the British courts.
Mallya, whose extradition case is being heard in London, is wanted in India on fraud and money-laundering charges.
Rijiju was speaking in London alongside commerce secretary Suresh Prabhu, who said India was at an advanced stage of talks on a trade with the European Union.
Prabhu said India hadn't yet begun formal negotiations with the UK on a post-Brexit trade deal, but said Delhi was open to talks with London "at an appropriate time".