In a case involving contempt of court from 2017, the Supreme Court today fined fugitive liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya $2,000 and sentenced him to four months in jail. He was found guilty of contempt for giving his children $40 million against court restrictions in 2017. The court ordered that the fine be paid to the Supreme Court legal services authority within four weeks or else an additional two-month term will be added.
Judges stated, "We must administer sufficient punishment in order to protect the majesty of justice.
The nation’s top court also ruled that Vijay Mallya's 40 million dollar transfer to his children was "void and inoperable," and it commanded the recipients to repay the money, together with 8% interest, to the recovery officer within four weeks. The properties owned by Vijay Mallya could be seized if the money is not reimbursed.