The Supreme Court on Wednesday took suo motu cognisance of an advocate throwing ink at Sahara chief Subrata Roy on court premises a day ago and issued a contempt notice to him.
Underlining that the act invited charges of contempt of court, a Bench led by Justice R M Lodha issued a notice to Manoj Sharma and sought his response by March 24.
The Bench asked him to explain why he should not be punished under the Contempt of Court Act for throwing ink on Roy, who was being produced in police custody in accordance with the court orders.
“The incident prima face discloses obstruction in the administration of justice, which amounts to criminal contempt… Attorney General submits that the act of the advocate is very serious and action needs to be taken… Let notice to be issued to Manoj Sharma why he should not be punished for contempt of court,” the court said.
The Bench also asked Attorney General G E Vahanvati about the mental condition of Sharma.
Vahanvati replied there was nothing to suggest about his mental condition and that he seems to be publicity hungry since he had earlier thrown a shoe at Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi. The AG also said that Sharma once got a fake death certificate issued in the name of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
On Tuesday, Sharma, who hails from Gwalior, threw ink at 65-year-old Roy when he was being brought to the Supreme Court amidst chaotic scenes. Sharma was then beaten up by some lawyers who had gathered there and later taken by the police to Tilak Marg police station.
He was produced before a Delhi court Wednesday, which sent him to Tihar jail after he failed to get a surety for his bail.