Saturday, 25 June 2022

Can’t punish Vijay Mallya in absentia: Supreme Court

Vijay Mallya
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday said that it cannot punish Vijay Mallya, former chairman of defunct Kingfisher Airlines, in absentia for contempt of court over not faithfully and fairly disclosing his assets to the top court and instead asked the central government to take all steps to produce him in court.
Attorney general for India KK Venugopal informed the top court that the government had already initiated extradition proceedings in the UK. “Extradition proceedings are on,” Venugopal said in his maiden appearance in the case.

The case is scheduled for final hearing in December, he said, submitting a status report on this to the court.

The report says a formal extradition request was submitted by the ministry of external affairs over charges of criminal conspiracy and cheating to obtain credit facilities fraudulently from IDBI causing losses worth thousands of crores of rupees.

Mallya was charged under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) of the IPC and different sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and non-bailable warrants issued by a CBI court.

These were then conveyed to the Crown Prosecution Service along with the extradition dossiers. The Crown Prosecution has since met a CBI team and received additional documents from them.

Additional evidence following investigations were also handed over, a source said. An advisory was then sent by the Crown Prosecution Service on prison conditions in India.

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