SC Sacks Two Officials For Tampering With Order About Anil Ambani’s Appearance in Court
Who has longer arms, Ambani or the law?
The Supreme Court on Wednesday, February 13 reportedly dismissed two court masters for allegedly tampering with the court’s order pertaining to the personal appearance of Anil Ambani in the Ericsson contempt case.
Per a report in The Telegraph, invoking powers under Article 311 of the Constitution, the court dismissed court masters Manav Sharma and Tapan Kumar Chakraborty who held the rank of assistant registrars. They were sacked by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi after a preliminary inquiry suggested that they had reportedly tampered with the court’s January 7 order that had said that Anil Ambani would have to personally appear in the court.
On January 7, the order uploaded on the Supreme Court website reportedly said the “personal appearance of the alleged contemnor(s) is dispensed with”, meaning Ambani was not required to appear in court in the contempt case filed by Ericsson India over Reliance Communications’ unpaid dues of Rs 550 crore. However, the bench of Justices R.F. Nariman and Vineet Saran had, in fact, ordered that Ambani had to appear in court personally.
The discrepancy was pointed out to the court on January 10 by the representatives of Ericsson India following which a revised order was uploaded on the website. “Personal appearance of the alleged contemnor(s) is not dispensed with,” the order now reads. Ambani then appeared in court on February 12 and 13, reported The Telegraph.
The Telegraph report added, citing sources, that the omission of the word “not” from the order that was initially uploaded, was not a viewed to be accidental. The report added that CJI Gogoi, the administrative head of the court, has taken serious note and that a detailed inquiry will be held in the matter. Per the sources of The Telegraph, some lawyers are also under the scanner.