HC issues 2nd bailable warrant against Mallya

HC issues 2nd bailable warrant against Mallya

The Karnataka High Court on Friday issued a bailable arrest warrant against beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya, directing him to provide a bail bond of Rs 50 lakh. This is the second time the high court has issued a bailable warrant against Mallya for reportedly violating an undertaking given by him at the Debt Recovery Tribunal.

Hearing a contempt petition filed by a consortium of banks, a division bench comprising Justices B S Patil and B V Nagarathna directed the ministry of home affairs to secure the presence of Mallya on June 1.

Senior counsel S S Naganand, appearing for the banks, made a submission about the Mutual Legal Assistance Request and the procedure to be followed for Mallya’s extradition. An affidavit filed by Mallya before the Supreme Court mentioning his UK address was also submitted to the high court. Mallya left the country on March 2, 2016.

The bench directed the under secretary, ministry of home affairs, to take action as per Section 105 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) about the ‘reciprocal arrangements regarding processes’ when the person is outside the jurisdiction of the court.

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