New Delhi, October 5: The Supreme Court on Monday wanted to know when Vijay Mallya, chairman of the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines, would appear before the top court and sought details of the confidential proceedings which were going on against him in the UK.
Mallya has already lost the extradition proceedings initiated against him. The UK Supreme Court has ruled in favour of his extradition to India to face multiple charges.
“What is holding back Mallya’s extradition?” a bench led by Justice UU Lalit asked, The Economic Times reported.
“What are the legal proceedings if any still pending against him in the UK?” the bench sought to know from his lawyer. “You are his lawyer. You should be able to tell us when he will appear before this court, what are the proceedings pending against him,” Justice Lalit observed.
The court observed that the extradition proceedings against him had already concluded. Mallya has so far avoided appearing in multiple cases pending against him in the top court.
The government of India had initially moved a contempt case against Mallya in the top court accusing him of not revealing the true extent of his assets.
He stands convicted of contempt of court in that case. Contempt of court carries a maximum jail term of six months but the court could well use its discretion to award him a higher punishment.
Mallya had attributed Kingfisher’s losses to high oil prices in the international market and dubbed the collapse of Kingfisher as a pure commercial failure rather than a case of fraud.