A First Information Report (FIR) has been filed against fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya by Delhi Police for not appearing before a special court in connection with a cheque bounce case. A senior police official told IANS that a case against Mallya was lodged under section 174 A of the Indian Penal Code following directions of Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi.
The court noted that the accused was skipping trial and was not willing to appear before it. The court then directed the Delhi Police to lodge an FIR against the accused. The FIR was filed at Connaught Place Police Station. Delhi International Airport had accused Mallya of cheque bounce.
According to the complaint, the airline had issued the cheques for payment of services including parking, landing, and navigation at the Delhi international airport, but none of them were honoured. This case was being heard before the court.
As per IPC section 174A, if a person is legally bound to appear before a High Court, in obedience to a subpoena issued from that Court, intentionally omits to appear then that person has committed the offence defined under this section. Former Kingfisher Airlines CEO Vijay Mallya left India in March 2016 and has been residing in the UK ever since. He is free on bail following the execution of an extradition warrant by Scotland Yard in April 2017. Mallya was previously given a four-month sentence in a contempt case by the Supreme Court in July of this year. The court had also imposed a Rs 2,000 fine on Vijay Mallya, who was accused of violating court orders in 2017.