Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Monday asked for a six-week status report on confidential legal proceedings pending in the United Kingdom over the extradition of fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya to India.
The Center had told the apex court on 5 October that Mallya cannot be extradited to India until a separate secret legal process in Britain, which is judicial and confidential.
A bench of Justices U Lalit and Ashok Bhushan asked the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to file a status report in the matter in six weeks and posted it for hearing in the first week of January next year.
The bench refused to accept the plea of advocate EC Aggarwal, appearing for Mallya in the apex court, seeking discharge from the case.
The Center said last month that it was not aware of secret negotiations going on in the UK against Mallya as the Indian government was not in favor of the process.
Mallya, who is accused in a Rs 9,000 crore bank loan default case involving his defunct Kingfisher Airlines, has been in the UK since March 2016. He is out on bail on April 18, 2017, on extradition warrants killed three years ago by Scotland Yard.
The apex court had on 31 August directed Mallya to appear before it on 5 October, dismissing his plea to review the 2017 verdict, which in violation of court orders to transfer USD 40 million to his children Was convicted of contempt.
During the hearing conducted through video-conferencing on Monday, the Advocate General told the bench that Aggarwal has filed an application on leave from the case.
The Center had said that Mallya’s surrender to India should, theoretically, be completed within 28 days after he refused to be discharged for the appeal, but the UK home office intimated that there is a further legal issue which needs to be resolved before Vijay Mallya’s extradition may take place.