Contempt proceedings against Vijay Mallya to proceed only in his presence

Contempt proceedings against Vijay Mallya to proceed only in his presence Supreme Court

Contempt proceedings against Vijay Mallya to proceed only in his presence Supreme Court

A Bench of Justices A.K. Goel and Uday Lalit told the Attorney General that the court could not pass a sentence in absentia. When Venugopal referred to the status report filed by the government, the bench observed, "we can not analyse it in his (Mallya) absence".

India had recently asked Britain to ensure early extradition of Mallya, an accused in a bank loan default case of over Rs 9,000 crore involving his defunct Kingfisher Airlines.

Last month, the Ministry of External Affairs ( MEA) informed that the 61-year-old's extradition had been stratified by the Secretary of State of the U.K. Government and added that a warrant would soon be released against him. "We will proceed against him when you produce him here", the bench said.

Other than Mallya, there are eight more people indicted in the 57-page long charge sheet for their alleged roles in the case.

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The Bench of Justices Madan Lokur and UU Lalit directed the SIT to investigate and file charge sheets by December 31 this year. In her report, she added that this was symptomatic of the "state's disinterest, the impunity enjoyed by the Armed Forces".

The affidavit further stated that the extradition process is "already under progress in the United Kingdom courts".

The banks had moved the court after Mallya transferred $40 million he received from London-based liquor major Diageo Plc in February 2016 to his three children instead of repaying the loan.

Mallya has been held guilty by the Supreme Court of contempt of court for not honestly disclosing all his assets and diverting his $40 million to overseas accounts of his family members in violation of the court's order. "Matter be put up before us on his (Mallya) production before this court", the bench noted in its order.

K. K. Venugopal, appearing for Centre, told the apex court that extradition proceedings are being conducted in a British court and would most likely end by December 4.

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