Appearing before a bench of Justices U U Lalit and Ashok Bhushan, solicitor general Tushar Mehta said the government is doing its best and making all-out efforts to bring Mallya back to the country to face the legal proceedings pending against him.
Mallya will also be made to appear in the apex court which has already convicted him for contempt of court and punishment would be awarded once he appears in person. Mehta said that the ministry of external affairs had been informed by the UK government that there was further legal issue that needs to be resolved before Mallya could be extradited. “Under UK law, extradition can’t take place until it is resolved. As it is judicial in nature, the issue is confidential and you will understand the government can’t provide any more details. We also cannot estimate how long this issue will take to resolve,” said the UK government in its response to the Centre. The bench adjourned the case for March 15.