Delhi HC rejects Vijay Mallya’s plea challenging summons

The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s plea challenging summons issued in cheque-bouncing cases.

Mallya had challenged summons by a trial court in cheque-bouncing cases by Delhi airport operator DIAL.

Mallya’s counsel told the Delhi HC on July 15 that since the businessman was not involved in the day-to-day affairs of Kingfisher Airlines (KFA), he cannot be held liable in the several cheque-bouncing cases filed against him.

The trial court had summoned the business tycoon as accused following a complaint by Delhi International Airport Ltd, which operates the capital’s IGI Airport, claiming that a cheque for Rs 1 crore issued by KFA in February, 2012, was returned to them a month later containing the remarks “fund insufficient”.

DIAL has filed four cases in June 2012 against Mallya over KFA’s cheques totaling Rs 7.5 crore not being honoured.

On Friday, Mallya was expected to be present at the anti-money laundering court in Mumbai, but he failed to do so, again, Zee Business said.

Mallya was summoned to the Mumbai Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court at 11 am on Friday.

A proclamation issued by the court on June 29 to summon Mallya, mentioned that the beleaguered businessman who owes over Rs 6,000 crore to several banks and others, had fled the country and was hiding, to avoid an arrest, Zee Business reported.

The court had issued a notice on the recommendation of the Enforcement Directorate.

(With ANI inputs)