Vijay Mallya has always been in the media by the name of “fugitive businessman of India”. A contempt case has been filed in 2017 against him. The Indian government has been trying to repatriate him back to India from the United Kingdom, where he is since 2016. After a long term of wait and patience the Supreme Court has now decided to finally hold the sentence hearing on the case on 18th January 2022.

Sentence Hearing in January 2022

According to the recent reports from the Supreme Court, they cannot wait any longer to deal with the case revolving round fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya since 2017. The bench dealing with the case has decided to finally hold the sentence hearing in the reference to the case on 18th January 2022. And surprisingly the court has issued a statement that the hearing will take place even if Vijay is not personally present to attend it.

A statement released by the head of the bench, Justice UU Lalit read that, “What we wish to do is, we will list this matter for disposal in second week of January because we have waited sufficiently long enough (since 2017), we can’t be waiting any longer now. It has to see the light of the day at some stage or the other and the process must also get over”.

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Hearing to Take Place Regardless Mallya’s Presence

Vijay Mallya was ordered to be personally present before the Supreme Court for the declaration on quantum of sentence. But he couldn’t be present personally because of the legal proceedings running down in the United Kingdom where he is currently residing.

According to the latest released reports, the Centre told that the government is making all efforts to bring back Vijay Mallya from the United Kingdom but the process is getting delayed due to some legal issues which are involved in the matter.

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The Supreme Court bench which is handling this case comprises justices S R Bhat and Bela M Trivedi. They said that they will finally enclose the matter in January for disposal and at that juncture, if Mallya want to take part personally, he will be here through the extradition proceedings and in case he is not able to make it till that time then the bench will hear what his lawyer had to say and then take further actions accordingly.

The statement which was issued for the same, read that, “If Vijay Mallya wants to take part then he will take part through the necessary extradition (handover) proceedings. Otherwise his lawyer will be here to attend the judgement.”

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The Case Which Landed Mallya In Trouble

The businessman is in the top wanted list in India, he was booked in a bank loan default case of over ₹ 9,000 crore involving Kingfisher Airlines. He was held guilty by the apex court of transferring $40 million received from Diageo into the accounts of his children.

The petition was filed by State Bank of India for not disclosing the bank accounts into which $40 million were transferred. The court found him guilty of drawing off the stated amount which otherwise had to be deposited with the banks.