SC sentences fugitive Vijay Mallya to 4-month imprisonment for contempt of court | India News


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday sentenced former liquor baron and fugitive Vijay Mallya to four months imprisonment. He was found guilty of contempt of court in 2017 for withholding information from the court.
The SC also asked Mallya to deposit back Rs 40 mn dollars with interest within four weeks and failure to do so would lead to attachment of properties.
The court said that the Centre is bound to honor the commitment given by it to Portugal govt for not putting in jail gangster Abu Salem for more than 25 years in jail.
The court, however, refused the plea of Salem that his detention in Portugal be considered while calculating 25 years of imprisonment and says that his detention period will from October 12, 2005 when he was brought to the country.
The apex court deferred both disqualification proceedings – one initiated by deputy Speaker against rebel Sena MLAs and present Speaker’s counter proceedings against other faction Sena MLAs – indefinitely saying the matter would take some time to be listed.
“Tell the Speaker’s office not to go ahead with the proceedings,” the CJI-led bench said.
SC verdict paves the way for release of gangster Abu Salem from jail but he can come out of jail only in 2030.


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