Rajpal Yadav, wife jailed for contempt of court in Rs 5 crore recovery suit
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The Delhi High Court sentenced Bollywood actor Rajpal Yadav to 10 days in jail for contempt of court on Tuesday. He and his wife Radha were held guilty of misleading the court and avoiding appearance in a recovery suit of Rs 5 crore pending against them.
Rajpal Yadav's wife got away with lighter punishment as the court noted that she had an infant to take care of and ordered her to be in custody for one day.
A recovery suit had been filed by Delhi-based businessman M G Agarwal against Rajpal and his wife after they failed to repay Rs 5 crore which the actor had taken in 2010 to make his directorial debut through the film Ata Pata Laapata.
Justice S Muralidhar said the couple, who had been held guilty of contempt earlier, were avoiding appearance before it to present their views on quantum of sentence.
"This case presents a shocking state of affairs. Rajpal and his wife have already been punished for contempt of court and the case has been kept pending only on the question of sentence. Instead of mitigating the contempt committed, defendants (Yadavs) have systematically aggravated the contempt by making misleading statements in court and acting in defiance of the court's order. Added to this unfortunate state of affairs is the untruths spoken by their counsel in the court," it said.
"The court is satisfied that no further leniency can be shown to either of the contemnors in these proceedings. The court accordingly sentences defendant 2 (Yadav) to 10 days simple imprisonment beginning forthwith.
The court also issued contempt notices to the lawyer of Yadav's wife for allegedly lying about her whereabouts and the oath commissioner who had attested the affidavit.
Dealing with the role of lawyers, the court said, "Suffice it to say that counsel for the defendants have not acted as officers of the court and have failed to discharge their duty towards the court." Referring to yesterday's proceedings, the court said it was "an even more serious contempt" as it was wrongly averred by the lawyer that Radha was in Delhi or in Ghaziabad when, in fact, she was in Mumbai.
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