Liquor baron Vijay Mallya has sought the recall of contempt notice against him for not disclosing his assets, Said SC on Monday.
ANI reported that the apex court has asked State Bank of India (SBI) consortium to reply to Mallya’s plea.
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Banks have alleged that Vijay Mallya deliberately didn’t make full disclosure of his assets including 40 million dollars he received in February and the apex court, on 25 July, issued a contempt notice against Mallya in that regard.
On 7 April, the court directed Mallya to disclose all assets held by him and his family.
The consortium of banks, led by the State Bank of India (SBI), however, claim that the former liquor baron had failed to furnish complete details of his assets.
On Monday, attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, representing the banks, told the court that Mallya ought not be heard as he had committed “complete and deliberate breach” of the court’s orders by failing to appear before it.
“There is no reply filed to the contempt petition. But more importantly, there is no appearance. He is bound to appear (before the court) today. If he’s not appearing … he can’t be heard,” Rohatgi argued.
A bench comprising justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton F. Nariman said that it would consider the issue, including aspects of Mallya’s appearance in court and the contempt notice, on 27 September.
The banks have to file their reply to Mallya’s recall application within 10 days.