Cheque Bounce Case Against Vijay Mallya Adjourned Till June 6

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Hyderabad: A local court today adjourned to June 6 its order on the two cheque bounce cases filed against beleaguered industrialist Vijay Mallya by GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd.

The III Special Magistrate Court in Hyderabad on May 9 had posted for today its order on the quantum of sentence for Mr Mallya, who was convicted in the two cheque bounce cases.

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On April 20, the court had convicted Mr Mallya and others in connection with bouncing of two cheques of Rs. 50 lakh each under relevant sections of Negotiable Instruments Act. It had issued warrants directing the police to produce Mr Mallya before it to pronounce the quantum of punishment, as the industrialist, who left the country, was not present in the court.

The Mumbai Police filed a report before the court saying the warrants could not be executed on the address of the accused as it was sealed by a bank and there were no Kingfisher officials/ employees at the premises, and hence the warrants were returned.

Following this, III Special Magistrate Court Judge M Krishna Rao adjourned the matter to June 6 with a direction to the complainant (GHIAL) to furnish correct address of the accused for issuance of fresh warrants.

Earlier, during hearing on quantum of sentence, GMR lawyer G Ashok Reddy had insisted that the court pass the sentence against Mr Mallya, citing certain provisions of Criminal Penal Code and saying the court has power to impose sentence even in absence of accused.

The matter relates to cheques issued by Kingfisher Airlines Ltd to GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), which operates the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here, towards charges for using the facilities at the airport for its Kingfisher Airlines flights.

The court had earlier issued non-bailable warrants against the Kingfisher Airlines, its chairman Vijay Mallya and senior company official A Raghunathan.

As per the GMR counsel, a total of 17 cases have been filed against Kingfisher Airlines in different courts over outstanding amount of Rs. 22.5 crore which it owes to GMR, and the cases are in different stages of trial.

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