The attorney for fugitive billionaire Vijay Mallya asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to be released from representing Mallya in a case since he hasn’t heard from the liquor king, who is currently residing in the United Kingdom.
“I want to be discharged from this matter. I am not receiving any instructions from this man”, Advocate EC Agarwala told a bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli.
Mallya had brought two special leave applications before the court in connection with a financial dispute with the State Bank of India.
The court’s bench gave the attorney permission to proceed with the case’s dismissal procedure and instructed him to give the court registry Mallya’s current residential address and email address.
Vijay Mallya was given a 4-month prison sentence for contempt of court in July after disobeying the court’s directions. The Court further ordered the government to take action to ensure Mallya’s presence in India. Mallya’s attorney was permitted to resign in that case as well, and the court appointed an amicus curiae as Mallya failed to show up.
Mallya has not yet made an appearance in India to begin serving his sentence in the contempt case, despite extradition proceedings being initiated by the Indian government in the UK.