The Supreme Court today pulled up Bollywood actor Rajpal Yadav for not paying money to a businessman here despite giving repeated undertakings before court, saying his conduct in the case was “inexplicable”.
“You have taken the court for a ride. People like you should go to jail. You filed undertakings after undertakings and still you have not paid the money. We will show you majesty of law. This is inexplicable conduct,” a bench comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and R F Nariman said.
The apex court was hearing an appeal filed by Yadav against the Delhi High Court June 3 order which directed him to surrender before Tihar Jail by July 15 to serve out the remainder six days of the total 10-day imprisonment awarded to him in 2013 for filing a false affidavit in court.
Yadav had spent four days in jail from December 3, 2013 till December 6, 2013 after which a division bench of the High Court had suspended the sentence on his appeal.
During the hearing, the counsel appearing for Yadav said that his client has been denied opportunity and he should be granted fair hearing.
“I don’t have single penny. My accounts are attached and I am facing income tax action against me. Please grant me some time and I will come forward with some money,” Yadav’s lawyer said.
The apex court, which stopped short of dismissing Yadav’s plea, posted the matter for July 29 after his counsel sought more time.
The High court had upheld the sentence awarded by a single judge in December 2013, saying Yadav’s “failure to follow procedure cannot be countenanced” as despite being given adequate time to explain his conduct “he resorted to falsehood”.
(Source : PTI)