New Delhi: The Supreme Court today cancelled
the bail of former RJD MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav in
the murder of a CPI(M) MLA and slammed the Patna High Court
for "committing contempt" by violating its order against his
While cancelling the bail, the apex court directed
"forthwith surrender" of Yadav.
The apex court also threatened to initiate contempt
proceedings against his counsel Rakesh Kumar Singh for seeking
recusal of Justice Markandeya Katju from the bench.
The bench comprising Justices Markandeya Katju and A K
Patnaik was furious with the Patna High Court granting bail to
Yadav despite its 2007 direction that no bail should be
granted to him by any court in the country.
The apex court got more angry when Yadav`s counsel
circulated a letter seeking recusal of Justice Katju from the
"Are you an advocate? What type of letter you have
circulated? We will initiate contempt proceedings against
you," Justice Katju said while quashing the bail and directing
Yadav`s forthwith surrender.
Yadav in his letter had urged Justice Katju to recuse by
citing the rejection of his bail in November 2006 by the same
judge and also his refusal to concede his plea for transfer
from Tihar to Beur Jail.
Incidentally, on March 26 Justice Asok Kumar Ganguly had
recused himself from hearing the case, following which the
matter was referred to the bench headed by Justice Katju.
CBI had on March 26 approached the apex court challenging
the Patna High Court`s February 18, 2009, order granting bail
to the 43-year-old RJD leader undergoing life imprisonment in
the murder case.
"It is a matter of regret that despite clear order passed
by this court in November, 2006, that no bail should be
granted by any court, the High Court has gone ahead and
granted bail," the bench said while allowing CBI`s appeal
plea for bail cancellation.
Earlier, Additional Solicitor General Haren Raval and
CBI counsel V K Biju complained that the High Court granted
bail to the RJD leader without passing any reasoned order
after initially rejecting his two bail applications.
Special CBI judge B M Srivastava had on February 14,
2008, pronounced Yadav, former independent MLA Rajan Tiwari
and Anil Yadav guilty of the murder of CPI(M) MLA Ajit Kumar
Sarkar and awarded them jail terms for life.
Sarkar, who had a running feud with Pappu Yadav over
issues relating to farm labourers, along with his driver
Harendra Sharma and party worker Ashfaqur Rehman, was gunned
down at Subhas Nagar in Purnea town on June 14, 1998.