Contempt proceedings against Mallya only when he is produced


Even as the Attorney General K.K. Venugopal presented a status report on the extradition of Vijay Mallya, the Supreme Court on Friday made it clear that it would pronounce the punishment after he was extradited and produced in the court.

A bench comprising Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit considered the submissions of Attorney General K K Venugopal that proceedings to extradite Mallya were going on in London and the Centre was taking steps to secure his presence before the apex court.

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.

The Supreme Court, in May, found Mallya guilty of contempt and asked him to appear before it on July 10. "We want you to produce the contemnor so that that we can sentence him", the court said.

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India has requested the United Kingdom for the early extradition of Vijay Mallya who has been accused of defaulting on a loan of 9,000 crore rupees by a consortium of banks.

The case was being upheld on a plea made by a consortium of lender banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) after it had contested that Mallya had allegedly transferred at least Dollars 40 million received from Diageo to his children in violation of judicial orders. "Matter be put up before us on his (Mallya) production before this court", the bench noted in its order.

The ED has also said that these shell companies had no actual activities and was fully controlled by Mallya with former employees of UB group being its directors.

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