The Delhi High Court Friday directed Bollywood actor Rajpal Yadav to surrender before Tihar Jail by July 15 to serve out the remaining six days of the 10-day imprisonment awarded to him in 2013 for filing a false affidavit. Yadav had spent four days in jail from December 3 to 6 in 2013, after which a division bench of the high court had suspended the sentence on his appeal.
The bench of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Deepa Sharma upheld the sentence awarded by a single judge bench in December 2013, saying Yadav’s “failure to follow procedure cannot be countenanced”. It said despite being given adequate time to explain his conduct, “he resorted to falsehood”.
Yadav had been held guilty of contempt of court for filing a false affidavit in a civil suit filed against him by a businessman. The single judge bench had imposed the sentence after it found Yadav had been “misleading” the court regarding his whereabouts to delay the hearing.
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“In the present case, the long history of the litigation shows that repeated undertakings were breached — when called upon to answer why action should not be taken, the appellant and his wife gave false and evasive replies; these included affirming a false affidavit,” said the court. The bench added that “when the appellant (Yadav) was afforded abundant opportunities to make amends, the conduct he displayed was deplorable”.
Delhi-based businessman M G Agarwal had filed a recovery suit against the actor and his wife for failing to repay a loan of Rs 5 crore, Yadav had taken in 2010 to make his directorial debut.
The bench, hearing the 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. It had ordered that Yadav be sent to jail for 10 days for contempt.