CBI’s interim director Nageshwar Rao guilty of contempt of court; SC imposes imprisonment, Rs 1 lakh fine

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday held M Nageshwar Rao guilty of contempt of court in a case related to Muzaffarpur shelter home case, for transferring chief investigating officer. Rao was sentenced to imprisonment till the rising of the court. This meant that Rao will have to sit in a corner of the court till the end of the day.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi says ‘for contempt of court we impose a fine of Rs 1 lakh and direct him(former CBI interim director M Nageshwar Rao) to sit in one corner of the court till the court rises for the day’

CJI Ranjan Gogoi held that “Contempt has been committed. So there will be a mark on his ( former interim CBI Director M Nageshwar Rao) career.”

Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for M Nageshwar Rao, has said “He has an unblemished track record of 32 years. Please kindly adopt merciful approach as he has tendered apologies.”

Earlier, Nageshwar Rao had submitted an unconditional apology to the Supreme Court and asked for mercy as it was not done intentionally.

Rao said, “I sincerely realise my mistake and while tendering my unqualified and unconditional apology, I specially state I have not willfully violated the order of this court, as I cannot even dream of violating or circumventing order of this court.”

Supreme Court had reprimanded Nageshwar Rao for transferring AK Sharma, the chief investigating officer in the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, inspite of the clear orders by the apex court that he will not be transferred.

Rao further requested, adding, “I ought not to have agreed with the legal advice for relieving AK Sharma even in his promotion without prior approval of this court.”

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