SC finds Vijay Mallya guilty of contempt

The Supreme Court on Tuesday found businessman Vijay Mallya guilty of contempt of court and asked him to appear before it on July 10 to argue on the quantum of punishment in the matter.

The apex court was hearing a plea filed by a consortium of banks against Mr. Mallya for contempt of court proceedings in a loan default case. Mr. Mallya, who is currently living in the United Kingdom, is facing cases of bank loan default to the tune of ₹9,000 crore by his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines.

“We have found respondent number 3 (Mallya) guilty of contempt of court on two grounds,” a Bench comprising Justices A.K. Goel and U.U. Lalit said.

Mr. Mallya had received a deposit of $40 million from offshore firm Diageo in February last year. In violation of the court’s order, Mr. Mallya had allegedly transferred the money to his children instead of repaying the loans.

SC sentences Justice Karnan to six months imprisonment

Orders media from publishing content of orders passed by him.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday held Calcutta High Court Judge C.S. Karnan guilty of contempt of court, judiciary and judicial process and sentenced him to six months imprisonment.

Justice Karnan will be forthwith taken into custody.

“We are of the unanimous opinion that Justice C.S. Karnan has committed contempt of court, judiciary and judicial process of the gravest nature,” Chief Justice J.S. Khehar mentioned in the order.

The court also ordered media from publishing the content of orders passed by Justice Karnan, who on Monday issued an order sentencing eight Supreme Court judges to five years of “rigorous imprisonment” and imposed a fine of Rs. 1,00,000 each under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act of 1989 and the amended Act of 2015.

The eight include members of the seven-judge Bench, headed by Justice Khehar which, in February, issued a contempt order against him on the charge of degrading the judiciary.

Justice Karnan, on his part, directed the Supreme Court judges “to appear before him on May 28” and later “reposted” the matter to May 1.

The Supreme Court Bench ordered Justice Karnan to be medically examined and on May 4, he refused to undergo medical tests as directed by the Supreme Court and told the team of doctors, in a written response, that he is “absolutely normal and with a stable mind.”