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HC refuses to hear Mallya's plea against wilful defaulter tag

PTI
Published Mar 3, 2016, 9:20 pm IST
Updated Mar 3, 2016, 9:20 pm IST
Mallya has moved the Delhi High Court on the ground that it has jurisdiction to hear his plea.
SBI has declared Mallya and UBHL a wilful  defaulter in October 2015. (Representational image)
 SBI has declared Mallya and UBHL a wilful defaulter in October 2015. (Representational image)

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to hear Vijay Mallya's plea against State Bank of India's decision to name him a "wilful  defaulter" and said he can approach an appropriate forum.

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 United Breweries Holdings (UBHL), which is also owned by the businessman.

 

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

Mallya has moved the Delhi High Court on the ground 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.

His plea has alleged that the October 31, 2015 decision of SBI's grievance redressal committee denying legal representation at a hearing held by the bank on October 29,2015 while declaring him and UBHL as wilful defaulters is purportedly illegal.

The petition challenged the decision of SBI identifying them as a wilful  defaulters and intimating the Reserve Bank of India and the Credit Information Companies for inclusion of names of the petitioners in the list of wilful  defaulters.

Mallya has contended in his plea that it is "violation of natural justice”. The court, however, refused to go into that and said it "cannot confer the jurisdiction".

It said it cannot have two different bench hearing the same matter. "The Bombay High Court has earlier heard it. This should also be before that court only. What's the problem?" the court asked.

SBI opposed Mallya's plea his residence is in Mumbai and the matter should be heard by Bombay High Court.

SBI has declared Mallya and UBHL a wilful  defaulter in October 2015 for non-payment of dues owed by his now defunct Kingfisher Airlines.

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