Mallya defies SC, doesn't appear in contempt case

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 12, 2017

The Supreme Court on Monday deferred a hearing on a contempt plea against beleaguered liquor barron Vijay Mallya as he did not appear before the court in response to its notice. It had directed Mallya to personally appear before the court on July 10 to decide the punishment to be awarded to him.

The consortium of banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) had approached the top court, saying that Mallya had allegedly transferred $40 million received from British firm Diageo, to his children in "flagrant violation" of various judicial orders.

A bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and U U Lalit has put the matter for consideration on July 14.

The offence of contempt of court entails a maximum imprisonment of up to six months or a fine of up to Rs 2,000 or both.

India has asked Britain to ensure early extradition of Mallya, who is an accused in a bank loan default case of over Rs 9000 crore involving his defunct Kingfisher Airlines.

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The banks argued before the top court that Mr. Mallya disobeyed the orders and made "vague" disclosure about his assets.

Mallya has consistently denied all charges against him, claiming that they are politically motivated and that he will not be given a fair trial in India.

The banks have alleged that Mr. Mallya concealed facts and diverted money to his son Siddharth Mallya, and daughters Leanna Mallya and Tanya Mallya in "flagrant violation" of the orders passed by the Karnataka High Court.

State Bank Of India has filed a case against Mallya as he did not give details regarding his wealth in the Indian accounts as well as his offshore accounts and had hidden details from the bank. India has already assured Britain of all assistance in extradition matters to allow the Crown Prosecution Services (CPS) to present water-tight cases before the courts there against Mallya.

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