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Why Mallya plea delayed for 3 yrs, SC asks registry Contempt Review Petition Filed On Time, But Not Listed

June 20, 2020 06:02 AM

COURTESY TOI JUNE 20

Why Mallya plea delayed for 3 yrs, SC asks registry
Contempt Review Petition Filed On Time, But Not Listed
Dhananjay.Mahapatra@timesgroup.com

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court on Friday took serious note of the apparent lapse on the part of its own registry in failing to put up for hearing for the last three years fugitive industrialist Vijay Mallya’s petition seeking review of the order holding him guilty of contempt of court. Mallya has cited the pendency in UK courts to stall his extradition to India.


When Mallya’s petition seeking review of the SC’s May 9, 2017 order holding him guilty of contempt was placed before a bench of Justices U U Lalit and Ashok Bhushan, it said, “As per office report on limitation, the review plea was filed in time. According to the record placed before us, the review petition was not listed before the court for the last three years.”

The bench further said, “Before we deal with the submissions raised in the review petition, we direct the registry to explain why the review petition was not listed for the last three years. The registry (is) to furnish all the detailsconcerning the review petition for the last three years. Let the explanation be furnished within two weeks. The review petition shall, thereafter, be considered on merits.”

On May 9, 2017, a bench of Justices A K Goel (now retired) and Lalit had convicted Mallya for contempt of court and had directed him to appear before the court on July 10, 2017, for determination of quantum of punishment. But Mallya had already fled the country to the UK by then and never appeared before the court. The court had passed the order on a contempt plea filed by a consortium of banks led by State Bank of India.

The SC had issued notice to Mallya on March 8, 2016, on the plea by banks for recovery of about Rs 9,000 crore which Mallya and his companies owed to them. Mallya, though represented by his lawyers in the SC, fled the country days before the court took up the case against him

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