The Union government on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it is planning to approach the British government to get beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya extradited to India.
Senior advocates C S Vaidyanathan and Parag Tripathi, appearing for Mallya and his companies respectively, informed the court that Mallya has no plan to come to India at present as he fears that the conditions prevailing in the country are hostile and that he may be taken to jail as soon as he lands in India.
Further, Vaidyanathan told the apex court that Mallya does not also have a passport and claimed that the liquor baron fears that his "personal liberty is in danger."
Refusing to buy this argument, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said if Mallya wants to be back, he can do so by approaching the High Commission in the UK and added that as he is not intending to come back to the country, the government will take whatever steps necessary to ensure that he is brought back to India.
The Supreme Court also dismissed Mallya's prayer for protection from disclosure of his assets and those of his family, in India and abroad saying, "We don't find any tangible objection in disclosing the assets (of Mallya, his wife and children) to banks."
The bench directed the apex court registry to furnish to the lenders, a consortium of banks, the details of assets, both domestic and foreign, declared by the former liquor baron of himself and his family members, in sealed cover to the apex court.
Observing that Mallya has not complied with its April 7 order in its letter and spirit, the court said, "The whole purpose of asking for disclosure was to give a fair idea to banks for entering into a meaningful and viable settlement."
(With agency inputs)