HC RE­FUSES TO HEAR MALLYA’S PLEA AGAINST DE­FAULTER TAG

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court re­fused on Thurs­day to hear a plea by busi­ness­man Vi­jay Mallya against State Bank of In­dia ( SBI) terming him a “wil­ful de­faulter” and asked him to ap­proach an ap­pro­pri­ate fo­rum.

SBI de­clared Mallya and his com­pany United Brew­eries Hold­ings Ltd ( UBHL) wil­ful de­fault­ers in late 2015 af­ter a pro­tracted le­gal bat­tle over non­pay­ment of dues of over Rs7,000 crore owed by his now-de­funct King­fisher Air­lines.

Sens­ing the mood of the court, Mallya’s coun­sel re­quested jus­tice Ra­jiv Sa­hai End­law to al­low them to with­draw their pe­ti­tion in­clud­ing one filed by UBHL.

The court al­lowed Mallya’s re­quest, made through se­nior ad­vo­cate Ra­jiv Na­yar, while giv­ing them the lib­erty to ap­proach an ap­pro­pri­ate court for re­me­dial mea­sures, if avail­able un­der law.

Mallya moved to the high court, ar­gu­ing that it has ju­ris­dic­tion to hear his plea as he is a res­i­dent of Delhi and also a Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber and has re­ceived all the cor­re­spon­dence here.

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