New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday quashed the bail granted to former MP and RJD leader Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav in the Ajit Sarkar murder case and slammed the Patna High Court for violating its order.
A bench of Justices Markandey Katju and A K Patnaik said the High Court`s decision amounted to contempt of the apex court which had clearly restrained any court in the
country from granting bail to Yadav.
"It is a matter of regret that despite clear order passed by this court in 2007 that no bail should be granted by any court, the High Court has gone ahead and granted bail,"
the bench observed while allowing an appeal filed by the CBI seeking cancellation of the bail.
The 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.
The apex court said that it is a general rule that when the apex court rejects the bail, the High Courts or the subordinate courts cannot in any manner grant bail to the
accused or the convicts.
Similarly, when the High Court rejects a bail, the Sessions courts or the magistrates do not have any power to grant bail, it said.
But in the present case, the bench regretted that the High Court granted bail to Yadav despite an injunction by the apex court.
Earlier, Additional Solicitor General Haren Raval 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 and awarded them jail terms for life.