Two held for doctoring SC order on Anil Ambani


    Story outline

    • The arrested men had earlier been sacked by CJI Ranjan Gogoi and the two were charged with cheating and forgery
    • The duo has been remanded to seven days of police custody after they were produced in court on Monday
    (This story originally appeared in on Apr 09, 2019)
    Delhi Police’s crime branch has arrested two former Supreme Court officials in a case of tampering of an SC order that had directed Reliance Communications chairman Anil Ambani to personally appear in a case of contempt of court.

    The arrested men, identified as assistant registrar Tapan Kumar Chakraborty and court master Manav Sharma, had earlier been sacked by CJI Ranjan Gogoi. The two have been charged with cheating and forgery.

    While the SC had on January 7 this year directed Ambani to appear in the contempt case filed by Ericsson, the order that was uploaded on the court’s website stated that he was not required to show up. After Ericsson officials pointed out the “mistake”, the order was corrected online three days later.

    Sources have told that the police had filed an FIR in this connection on March 1 on a complaint given by the SC registrar. A five-member team carried out an exhaustive probe for 38 days before going for the arrests on Sunday evening.

    Chakraborty had allegedly absconded after vacating his government accommodation shortly after he was sacked, said a source. Cops detained him after tracking down his cellphone. Sharma was picked up from his home.

    The duo has been remanded to seven days of police custody after they were produced in court on Monday afternoon. Sources said cops are interrogating them to ascertain if there was a larger conspiracy and if more people were involved. Police are likely to question a few more people in the coming days.

    Reliance Communications officials did not respond to calls and text messages seeking their response.

    The SC had turned down Ambani’s plea for exemption from personal appearance in the contempt of court case stemming from RCom’s failure to pay Rs 550 crore due to Ericsson, for which he had given a personal guarantee. The issued had raised a storm in January after an SC order dated January 7 in this regard was uploaded on the court’s website.

    “While the SC had called for Ambani to appear in person in court, the order which was uploaded mentioned, ‘personal appearance dispensed with’. The word ‘not’ was omitted before ‘dispensed with’ implying that Ambani wasn’t required to appear. After Ericsson officials pointed out the mistake, the corrected order was uploaded on January 10,” a senior official explained.

    Ambani had since been present in court on two consecutive days. In their defence, the two men have claimed that this was a typographical error as they had taken down the order in short hand and later transcribed it. However, the enquiry conducted by the SC as well as police has indicated that the omission was deliberate, officials said.
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    19 Comments on this Story

    Sahebrao446 days ago
    It indicates that, just a clerk in any court, even in SC can order anything than ordering by judges. No judge has that much time to recheck their verdicts. It looks like very serious thing in this department. Common people should stay away from courts.
    Dinesh Mittaal462 days ago
    main hi Anil Ambani ko Barbad Kiya Hai Mein hi Anil Ambani Ko aabad krunga
    Pramodranjan Behera485 days ago
    Good for Good,bad for bad.
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