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Embattled businessman Vijay Mallya fails to appear before Supreme Court

Vijay Mallya is currently in United Kingdom where he is facing extradition proceedings

india Updated: Jul 10, 2017 20:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Vijay Mallya arrives for an extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain.(Reuters File Photo)

Vijay Mallya, who was held guilty of contempt, failed to appear before the Supreme Court on Monday prompting the bench hearing the case to adjourn the matter.

The court will now hear the plea on Friday.

The Centre was not represented before a bench headed by Justice AK Goel, which then asked solicitor general to provide his assistance in the case on July 14.

As per the last court order, the government had to produce Mallya who was held guilty of contempt on a plea filed by the State Bank of India-led consortium of banks on May 9. It was alleged that the businessman had failed to furnish details of his Indian as well as offshore assets. Mallya had to appear before the court to argue on the quantum of punishment.

Mallya is currently in United Kingdom where he is facing extradition proceedings. On the last hearing, the Indian government was left embarrassed after the UK court expressed surprise that India had not provided enough evidence to extradite Mallya. India was given more time to present documents to support its case.

If convicted for contempt in India, Mallya can be sent to jail for up to six months. The fine amount is, however, just Rs 2,000.

Mallya, in a hearing on April 26, 2016, had, through his counsel, said: “If I come, I will be taken to Tihar Jail. When my liberty is at stake, how can you expect me to come back.”

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Jul 10, 2017 20:30 IST