SC dismisses Review petition filed by Vijay Mallya, directs court appearance

The division bench of the Supreme Court of Justice UU Lalit and Justice Ashok Bhushan dismissed the review petition filed by Vijay Mallya and directed his presence before the Court on October 5 at 2 PM. The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and New Delhi have been asked to facilitate the petitioner’s appearance.

The review petition was filed against an order dated 9th May, 2017 which allowed Mallya to file a reply after convicting him of contempt of the order of both the Karnataka High Court and the Supreme Court.

In 2013, a group of banks had filed a petition in the Debts Recovery Tribunal of Bengaluru for an amount of Rs. 6203,35,03, 879.32. When the order was appealed, the Karnataka High court ordered a restraint on the transfer of Mallya’s properties. Further the Apex court ordered a disclosure of assets. The court gave Mallya the liberty to respond to the banks aggrieved for his contempt.

A reply was given in 2017 itself but was filed by the Supreme Court only three years later, in 2020. The present review petition sought review of the order that did not consider the reply and was based only on the banks’ affidavit.

Acknowledging the error of the Court’s registry, the petition was dismissed by the bench stating that “rehearing on the matter cannot be permitted and the submissions do not make out any ‘error apparent on record’ to justify a review.

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