New Delhi: The Supreme Court has sentenced fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya to 4 months imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 2000 in the case of contempt of court. A bench of Justice UU Lalit, Justice S Ravindra Bhatt and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia gave this verdict. The country’s top court had convicted Vijay Mallya in the contempt case on May 9, 2017 only 5 years ago. He was found guilty of transferring US$40 million to his children in violation of court orders in a case filed by a consortium of banks led by SBI. But the punishment is now done.
A three-judge bench gave this decision in the Supreme Court. These included Justice U U Lalit, Justice S Ravindra Bhatt and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia. Let us tell you, Mallya has not only given wrong information to the court regarding transfer of money to foreign accounts, but has extended the contempt of court further by not appearing in the court for the last 5 years. Mallya was convicted of contempt by the Supreme Court in the year 2017.
The Supreme Court had given Mallya a last chance to present his case while postponing the hearing on February 10. The court had clearly said that if the convict does not appear in the next hearing or does not present his side through his lawyer, then the action regarding the punishment will not be stopped. In fact, he was convicted of contempt for transferring $40 million of the Diego Deal to his children’s overseas accounts and for failing to provide accurate property details.
Let me tell you, Mallya is sitting in the United Kingdom by adopting some legal tricks. He has started some secret legal process there. According to the information, the UK government has neither made the Indian government a party in this process nor has shared its information. Due to this, Mallya has not been brought to India yet.