Fugitive Vijay Mallya’s advocate on Thursday told the Supreme Court that he doesn’t wish to continue as his counsel since Mallya was ‘untraceable’ and ‘unresponsive’.
Delhi Police has registered an FIR against businessman Vijay Mallya for not appearing before the court in a cheque bounce case, an official said.
The top court had said in case the fine amount of Rs 2,000 is not deposited within the stipulated time, Mallya shall undergo a further sentence of two months.
The 66-year-old UK-based businessman did not comment further on the verdict handed down by a top court bench headed by Justice U.U. Lalit earlier on Monday.
The top court had on March 10 reserved its order in the matter, observing that proceedings against Mallya have hit a "dead wall".
It noted that Mallya behaves like "a free person" in the United Kingdom and no information was forthcoming about the proceedings concerning Mallya there.
Vijay Mallya was held guilty of contempt in 2017, and the matter was thereafter to be listed to hear him on the proposed punishment to be awarded to him.
The apex court posted the contempt case for hearing at 2 PM on Thursday after senior advocate and amicus curiae Jaideep Gupta sought adjournment.
Mallya lost his appeals in the UK Supreme Court against his extradition to India to face money laundering and fraud charges.
Mallya had cited the poor condition of the jails in India to avoid extradition and possibility of being lodged at this jail.
A counsel for Mallya appeared in the court on last Monday, as per the scheduled date of hearing, and sought some documents, officials said.
Rahul Gandhi says Indian prisons 'difficult places' but Vijay Mallya shouldn't be treated differently
Mallya last month appeared before a court in London where both defence and prosecution presented clarifications on Barrack 12 at Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai, where Mallya is to be held.
The High Court on Saturday directed the Official Liquidator (OL) to appear on Tuesday before the Appellate Authority, which is hearing appeals related to attachment of assets of fugitive liquor baron
The observation by the apex court assumes significance as Mallya's extradition proceedings are going on in London, has been raising the issue of alleged deplorable conditions in the Indian prison.
The new legislation will prevent big economic offenders like Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi from fleeing the country and evading the law.
The UK has strong human rights laws, which make extradition of a person very difficult, and India is only among Category II countries under the UK's extradition laws.
UK court asks India to submit video of Mumbai jail cell; sets September 12 for hearing in Vijay Mallya extradition case
Mallya before entering the Westminster Magistrates' Court in London said that the allegations of money laundering & stealing money are completely false.
The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss is fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crores.
The matter is currently sub-judice at the Westminster Magistrate's Court in London, where hearing for final arguments on closing submissions of the case has been fixed on July 31, 2018.
UK court rejects fugitive Liquor baron Vijay Mallya's attempt to appeal against verdict favouring Indian banks
Mallya who remains on bail since his arrest on an extradition warrant in April last year will return for his extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on July 31.