SC demands Vijay Mallya presence for proceedings to go ahead

SC demands Vijay Mallya presence for proceedings to go ahead

When Attorney General K K Venugopal cited the status report filed by the Centre on the matter, the bench said "the steps (for extradition) can go on ... we cannot analyse it (report) in his (Mallya's) absence".

Talking to HT, attorney general KK Venugopal said, "Hopefully we should get him back by January 2018". "When you will produce him here, we will then proceed". The AG said the United Kingdom court would take up the matter on December 4 and that all efforts are being taken for his extradition. Let all steps be taken.

Earlier on May 9, business tycoon Vijay Mallya was held guilty of contempt on the basis of plea filed by the consortium of banks after he had failed to provide details of his assets. "We want you to produce the contemnor so that that we can sentence him", the court said.

The apex court had found him guilty of contempt in May for transferring $40 million to his children in violation of the court's order, according to a PTI report. The offence of contempt of court entails a maximum imprisonment of up to six months or a fine of upto Rs 2,000 or both.

The Indian government is now in talks with the Britain in order to ensure the extradition of Vijay Mallya. The banks have alleged that Mallya had concealed facts and diverted the 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. Reportedly, he had been ordered by the apex court to appear in person on July 10 but, after he failed to show up, the court had set July 14 for the hearing.

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