The Supreme Court today pulled up Bollywood actor Rajpal Yadav for not paying money to a businessman here despite giving repeated undertakings before the 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 the 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 granted a fair hearing.
“I don’t have a 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”.
The contempt action was initiated against the actor for
misleading the court in a recovery suit filed against him and his wife by a businessman.
The single judge bench, which was hearing the recovery suit, had taken exception to the affidavit filed by Yadav on December 2, 2013, which was allegedly falsely prepared and contained forged signatures of his wife.
Annoyed by the affidavit, the court had ordered that Yadav is sent to jail for 10 days for contempt and directed that his wife, who had appeared with their child before the court, be kept in the office of the Registrar General till the rising of the court.
Delhi-based businessman M G Agarwal, the owner of Murli Projects, had filed a recovery suit against the actor and his wife for failing to repay a loan of Rs five crore which Yadav had taken in 2010 to make his directorial debut film ‘Ata Pata Laapata’ in 2012.