The Supreme Court bench headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi on Tuesday ruled against former interim Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Nageswar Rao and his legal adviser guilty in transfer of CBI officer A K Sharma who was the investigative officer in Bihar shelter home case.
The SC has charged both Rao and his legal adviser a penalty of rupees 1 lakh each. CJI Ranjan Gogoi directed Attorney General KK Venugopal in place of Rao that had the transfer order of CBI officer A K Sharma not issued “would heavens have fallen.”
KK Venugopal claimed Rao did not “do it willfully and throws himself to the mercy of the court. Holding him guilty of contempt would result in his career being ruined.”
The CJI fumed and said, “Mr Attorney, let us be very clear. I don’t think any of us ever had the occasion to invoke a contempt power. But it has to be the first time. Speaking of myself, I believe dignity and majesty of court should be maintained and this is blatant.”
Nageswar Rao had earlier asked for forgiveness regarding A K Sharma transfer in the apex court.