The Supreme Court today rejected businessman Vijay Mallya‘s plea seeking review of 2017 verdict holding him guilty of contempt of court. Mallya had sought a review of its May 2017 order holding him guilty of contempt for transferring $40 million to his children in the violation of the court’s order.
It had dern the order in the case on August 27 after hearing parties in the case. Mallya is an accused in a bank loans default case of over ₹9,000 crores involving his defunct Kingfisher Airlines and is presently in the UK.
The Supreme Court had issued its May 9, 2017, order on a plea by a consortium of banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI), claiming he had allegedly transferred $40 million received from British firm Diageo to his children in “flagrant violation” of various judicial orders.
Earlier, the apex court had asked Vijay Mallya about the truthfulness of his disclosure of assets, and the transfer of money to his children.
At that time, the top court was dealing with pleas of lending banks seeking contempt action and a direction to Mallya to deposit $40 million received from offshore firm Diageo to the banks respectively.
The banks had then accused Mallya of concealing the facts and diverted the money to his son Siddharth Mallya and daughters Leanna Mallya and Tanya Mallya in flagrant violation of the orders passed by the Karnataka High Court.