Secret Proceedings Against Vijay Mallya
The Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Monday, told the Supreme Court that the extradition of fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya has been delayed due to some “secret proceedings” initiated against him in the United Kingdom.
Mallya was required to appear before the Supreme Court in relation to the contempt of court case against him. After the dismissal of the review petition on August 31, his conviction was confirmed in the case.
Centre & The Court
The Centre told the Apex court that it had not been made a party to the proceedings.
A bench of Justices U U Lalit and Ashok Bhushan asked Mallya’s counsel, Ankur Saigal, to inform the court what kind of “secret” proceedings are going on, to which he claimed to be oblivious of the subject and sought time to take instructions.
A displeased Court told Saigal that he is expected to be well aware about the facts of the case while appearing before this court.
The Court eventually allowed Saigal time to take instructions and acquaint it on three questions:
- What is the nature of the legal proceedings pending in the UK?
- When are these proceedings expected to get over?
- When will the contemnor be present before the Court?
The further proceedings of the case will be on November 2.
Directions by Supreme Court in Vijay Mallya Extradition
The apex court had earlier directed Mallya to appear before it on October 5 while dismissing his plea seeking review of the 2017 verdict which held him guilty of contempt for transferring $40 million to his children in violations of court’s order.
Moreover, Mallya was directed to appear before the Court for the hearing on his sentencing, but had failed to do so, considering he had already left India by the time.
In May, Mallya had lost his application seeking leave to appeal his extradition to India in the UK Supreme Court, setting a 28-day clock on his removal.
The UK Apex Court’s decision marks a big legal setback to the 64-year-old flamboyant businessman, who had earlier lost his high court appeal against an extradition order to India on charges of alleged fraud and money laundering related to unrecovered loans to his now non-operational Kingfisher Airlines.
Mallya has been living in UK since March 2016 and remains on bail on an extradition warrant executed three years ago by Scotland Yard on 18 April, 2017.