“Secret proceedings” in UK are delaying Vijay Mallya’s extradition: MEA

A division bench of Justices UU Lalit and Ashok Bhushan were informed by the Ministry of External Affairs of the occurrence of “secret proceedings” in the United Kingdom that have obstructed Vijay Mallya’s extradition. Mallya was to be present before the Supreme Court on 5th October to hear his sentence. This was to be ensured by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Convicted in 2017 of contempt of court, the chairman of the United Breweries group had filed a review petition earlier this year. The petition challenged the court’s order in the petition filed by the State Bank of India and other members of the Consortium of Creditors. A reply that was not recorded by the court’s registry was the basis of the petition.

The petition was dismissed by the Court on 31st August acknowledging the error on the registry but stating that it did not change the judgement as funds were transferred to other accounts despite the court barring him from the same.

Mallya’s counsel Ankur Saigal has been given time to reply to inquiries of the secret proceedings. The court has been adjourned till 2nd November, 2 PM.

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