The Supreme Court has issued a notice to controversial business man Vijay Mallya, who owes more than Rs 9000 crore to various banks, on a plea seeking contempt proceedings against him alleging that he has not given full details of his assets.
The contempt plea was moved by the consortium of 17 banks, which had lend to Malyya's Kingfisher Airlines, nearly to weeks back. Mallya is learnt to be in the United Kingdom.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had told the bench comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and R F Nariman earlier Mallya had provided wrong details of his assets in a sealed cover to the apex court.
He had further said a lot of information has also been concealed, including a cash transaction to the tune of Rs 2500 crore, which amounted to contempt of court.
Earlier, the court had sought details of assets from Mallya in a sealed cover.
Recently, the consortium of banks had alleged that Mallya was not cooperating in the investigation of cases against him and was averse to disclosing his foreign assets.
In a rejoinder affidavit to Mallyas reply, the banks had said that disclosure of overseas assets by him and his family was significant for recovering the dues.
Rohatgi had earlier said that the beleagured businessman has also not agreed to deposit "substantial amount" as part of of Rs 9,400 crore loan due on him to establish his bonafide".
Mallya had said the banks had no right over information regarding his overseas movable and immovable assets as he was an NRI since 1988.
He had also claimed that as an NRI, he was not obliged to disclose his overseas assets, and added that his three children, wife, all US citizens, also need not disclose their assets. "Overseas assets were not considered while granting loans," he had said in a statement.
The court on 7 April had directed Mallya to disclose by 21 April the total assets owned by him and his family in India and abroad while seeking an indication from him when he would appear before it.
It had asked Mallya, who owes over Rs 9,000 crore to around 17 banks, to deposit a "substantial amount" with it to "prove his bonafide" that he was "serious" about meaningful negotiations and settlement.