Updated: November 30, 2021 3:54:00 pm
The Supreme Court said Tuesday that it will hear the contempt of court case involving fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya on January 18, 2022, as the Centre persists in its attempts to extradite the fugitive businessman to India.
If Mallya, who resides in United Kingdom, is not present before the Court on that day for any reason, it will hear the counsel on his behalf, Live Law reported.
Observing that the apex court has waited “sufficiently long”, a bench headed by Justice U U Lalit said, “We can’t be waiting any longer now”.
The bench noted that Mallya was held guilty of contempt in 2017.
The bench, also comprising Justices S R Bhat and Bela M Trivedi, said Mallya is at liberty to advance submissions, as are deemed appropriate, and if for any reason, he is not present before the court, lawyer on his behalf can advance submissions.
“What we wish to do is, we will list this matter for disposal in second week of January because we have waited sufficiently long enough, we can’t be waiting any longer now. It has to see the light of the day at some stage or the other and the process must also get over,” the bench said.
The top court requested senior advocate Jaideep Gupta to assist it as amicus curiae in the case.
Vijay Mallya is an accused in a bank loan default case of over ₹ 9,000 crore involving his defunct Kingfisher Airlines. He was held guilty of contempt of court in 2017, for failing to disclose transfer of $40 million to his children’s accounts and for ignoring summons to appear in court.
The 2017 order followed a plea by a consortium of banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI), which had said that Vijay Mallya had allegedly transferred the amount to his children in “flagrant violation” of various judicial orders.
The court had earlier rejected a request made by Advocate EC Agarwala seeking his discharge as Mallya’s counsel in the contempt case, which is being heard by a Bench Justice UU Lalit, Justice Ravindra Bhat and Justice Bela Trivedi.
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