Two SC officials sacked for posting wrong order in Ambani’s case

New Delhi: The Delhi Police today has arrested two Supreme Court officials for posting wrong order on the court’s website that read Reliance Communications chief Anil Ambani’s presence in the case had been dispensed with.

According to reports, court master Manav Sharma and assistant registrar Tapan Kumar Chakraborty were sacked by CJI Ranjan Gogoi following a complaint against them for tampering with the court’s order directing personal presence of Anil Ambani in a contempt case, Indian Express reports.

The SC’s administration department lodged a complaint with the Delhi Police following which the senior police officer had registered an FIR against the two officials.

“During the investigation, we found some concrete evidence against them and they could not provide a satisfactory answer to the investigators,” the officer said.

The incident dates back to January 7 when a bench of Justices R F Nariman and Vineet Sharan had directed Anil Ambani’s personal presence on the contempt plea by Swedish telecom group Ericsson.

However, the order uploaded on the court’s official website read as: “personal appearance of the alleged contemnor(s) is dispensed with” which indicated Anil’s personal presence in the court’s hearing is not required. This order was later ‘revised’ and uploaded as “personal appearance of the alleged contemnor(s) is not dispensed with”.

Ericsson counsel took up the issue with the court following which the employees were suspended pending inquiry.