The Supreme Court Monday sought to know from suspended Gujarat IAS officer Pradeep Sharma as to whether he has complied with the court order, directing him to delete some scandalous remarks over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal life in his petition.
“When a court asks something to be done, it should be done. You (Sharma) should comply with the direction of this court. Our anxiety is that there is no disrespect to the orders of this court,” said a bench led by Justice Ranjana P Desai.
The bench added that if Sharma had not got the objectionable portion deleted from his petition, it may prompt the court to “say something” on his conduct.
It asked Sharma’s counsel to file by August 6 a chart showing his compliance with the order passed by the court in May 2011. Gujarat’s counsel has alleged Sharma had not deleted the impugned averments despite court order.
The court had on May 12, 2011 taken strong exception to the submissions of Sharma aimed at tarnishing the image of Modi and directed him to delete those paragraphs from the petition.
The IAS officer is facing four criminal cases including his alleged involvement in land scam registered against him since 2008 in Rajkot area. He approached the apex court seeking transfer of cases against him to CBI.