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SC order ‘fudged to help Anil Ambani’ case back under scanner in CJI Ranjan Gogoi crisis

Two men were sacked in February for ‘fudging’ court order to help Anil Ambani. Advocate Utsav Bains claims they’re linked to conspiracy against CJI.

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New Delhi: Among those named in a Supreme Court affidavit, alleging a larger conspiracy against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, are two former apex court employees who were sacked by the CJI in February.

The affidavit, filed by Chandigarh-based advocate Utsav Singh Bains, has alleged that “fixers” are at work behind the sexual harassment charges that a former SC staffer has brought against CJI Gogoi.

It particularly names Tapan Chakraborty and Manav Sharma, the two SC employees who were sacked after it was found that they had allegedly deliberately mixed up posting an order through which the Supreme Court had directed Reliance Communications chairman Anil Ambani to personally appear in a contempt of court case.

The two were then charged with cheating and forgery and have since been arrested. They are due to appear before the court of the chief metropolitan magistrate at the Patiala House Courts Monday.

ThePrint revisits the case that is part of the sensational claims made in the Bains affidavit as the Supreme Court navigates one of its worst crises.


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The case of the ‘mixed-up order

CJI Gogoi had dismissed Sharma, a court master, and Chakraborty, an assistant registrar, in February after they uploaded an order on the SC website dated 7 January that said Ambani’s presence in the case had been dispensed with, instead of stating that it had not been dispensed with.

Justice R.F. Nariman and Justice Vineet Saran had rejected 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 the Swedish telecom major Ericsson. Ambani had given a personal guarantee that he would pay the amount.

After Dushyant Dave, the lead counsel representing Ericsson, pointed out the discrepancy on the apex court’s official website, a revised order was uploaded stating that Ambani’s appearance was not dispensed with. The order was corrected online three days later.

Subsequently, Justice Nariman, in open court, announced that he had instituted an inquiry into the episode. The inquiry revealed that the officials had allegedly taken down the order in shorthand and later transcribed it and hence the mix-up was “not accidental” but “deliberate”.

Cheating and forgery

Sharma and Chakraborty were then charged with cheating and forgery.

An FIR was lodged against them on 1 March, on a complaint filed by the SC registrar under sections 420, 466, 467, 468, 218, 219, 471 and 120 B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). A five-member team carried out an exhaustive probe for over a month. According to sources in the court, Chakraborty had absconded from his government accommodation after which the police tracked him through his mobile phone.

The two were arrested on 8 April.

They were remanded to police custody for eight days in order to investigate if there was a “larger conspiracy” behind this as well.

They are now in judicial custody and will appear before the court of the chief metropolitan magistrate at Patiala House Courts Monday.

Both accused had applied for bail, which was rejected by a trial court on 18 April due to “serious nature” of the alleged offence.


Also read: Justice Indu Malhotra replaces NV Ramana on panel to probe CJI sexual harassment charges


 

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8 COMMENTS

  1. But the moot question is who paid to Sharma and Chakraborty for the Anil Ambani’s appearance in the court…. Nobody till date has brought this point that on whose behalf these two were working….

  2. The entire judiciary work behind an iron curtain. They can do anything and get away with it, but common citizens will be booked under contempt of court

  3. Sri Ranjan is getting cheated by his Lady Employee,
    Getting revenge by Anil Ambani
    Both must understand soon…… this not against of Individual… But against of Indian Voice….
    Capitalism and Bureaucratic will bow soon before Judiciary……

  4. Judiciary , particularly the Top most Court of the country is under threat and question. Of course whatever may be the situation, interference of Political Powers… Business Tycoons…Money Power ,are never ever to be allowed in the matters of any Judicial system of any Courts, higher or lower. The people of the country will lose their faith on any Judicial system and the verdict of any Judge. We don’t want such false allegations , against the Supreme Judge. The Truth and Fact should be revealed….!

  5. Fearing such ‘ Me too’ events many people will avoid appointing ladies as staff members. Which will ultimately reduce the number of job opportunities for ladies.

  6. Hope this will be the last incident, everyone who they’re aware of judiciary accountability known better than me that every court has such type of employees without any fear with the help of our system.

  7. What is going on inside the courts, including Apex Court is no secret. The disgruntled employees of courts in connivance with some Lawyers, influential politicians, rich men/businessmen political goons and Corporate Houses are active in judiciary, which is very unfortunate. It appears that such people might have some links possibly with judges also. Let it be probed extensively by Mr. Justice A. P. Patnaik.

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