Karnataka HC summons Vijay Mallya on Jan. 19

Earlier on March 2, Mallya left India for the United Kingdom after investigative agencies started to close in on the businessman over charges of fund diversion, willful default and unpaid dues

Karnataka HC summons Vijay Mallya on Jan. 19

The Karnataka High Court on Friday ordered Vijay Mallya to appear before the court on January 19 for charges to be framed in a contempt case filed by public sector lender State Bank of India (SBI) in 2014.

Reportedly, the high court had rejected an application filed by the United Breweries (UB) Group chairman to recall an earlier order passed by a division bench comprising Justice Jayant M Patel and Justice Aravind Kumar on 20 October directing the former liquor baron to appear before it on November 24.


SBI had filed a contempt case in 2014 after Mallya violated an undertaking not to sell or alienate shares held by him; he had given the undertaking before the Bengaluru bench of the debt recovery tribunal (DRT). Following this, SBI pleaded before the HC on Friday to issue an arrest warrant against Mallya.

Earlier on March 2, Mallya left India for the United Kingdom after investigative agencies started to close in on the businessman over charges of fund diversion, willful default and unpaid dues of over Rs 9,000 crore owed by his now defunct Kingfisher Airlines Ltd (KFA).

However, in a statement on March 13, Mallya claimed that banks had already recovered Rs.2,494 crore from KFA since 2013.