Vijay Mallya’s Lawyer Seeks Discharge From Case, Says Client Has Become ‘uncommunicative’
November 4, 2022: Vijay Mallya’s lawyer said he has not received any communication from the former Kingfisher boss and wants to be relieved of his duties in the matter.
Vijay Mallya’s lawyer has requested the Supreme Court to discharge him from the case. The lawyer said he had not received any communication from the former Kingfisher boss “for a long time” and wanted to be relieved of his duties in the matter.
The SC asked the lawyer to submit Mallya’s e-mail and residential addresses to the court registry within a week and allowed him to start the process of withdrawing his legal representation for the fugitive.
Mallya’s lawyer made the plea during the hearing of a plea filed by the former liquor baron seeking a stay on the seizure of all properties owned by him and his relatives.
Mallya had pleaded that no assets other than Kingfisher Airlines should be attached. The hearing comes nearly 4 months after the SC on July 11 sentenced the fugitive businessman to four months in a contempt case.
Mallya Rs. 9,000 crore bank loan default case involving his defunct Kingfisher Airlines. The Supreme Court on 11 July sentenced Mallya to four months in jail and fined Rs 2,000, who was found guilty of contempt of court for withholding information from the court in 2017.
The apex court also asked Mallya to deposit back $40 million with 8% interest within four weeks, failing which the properties would be confiscated.
In 2017, the SC held Mallya guilty of contempt of court on two counts – for withholding information from the court about transferring $40 million to his children in violation of a court order, and for “flagrant violation” of orders passed by the Karnataka High court. The court had then asked the government to take steps to secure Mallya’s presence in India.
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