SC asks Centre to file a status report on Vijay Mallya extradition
The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to file a status report within six weeks on the confidential legal proceedings pending in the United Kingdom on the extradition of fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya to India.
The Centre had on October 5 told the apex court that Mallya cannot be extradited to India until a separate “secret” legal process in the UK, which is “judicial and confidential in nature is resolved”.
On being asked about the status of the proceedings in the UK, solicitor-general Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Union government, said he had “no information from London high commission”, and sought time from the court to collect the necessary information.
The bench of Justices U.U. Lalit and Ashok Bhushan posted the matter for further hearing to January, though no specific date has been fixed .
The bench also refused to accept the plea of advocate E. C. Agarwala, appearing for Mallya in the apex court, seeking discharge from the case.
The Centre had last month said it was not aware of the secret ongoing proceedings against Mallya in the UK as the government of India was not party to the process.
Mallya, an accused in the bank loan default case of over Rs 9,000 crore involving his defunct Kingfisher Airlines, is in the UK since March 2016.