SC orders 3-month jail term to four Boss school members
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 19:53
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sentenced four women members of Mumbai-based controversial Boss School of Music to three months of imprisonment for hurling footwear at one of its judges, holding that it amounted to "contempt in the face of the apex court".

Sarita Parikh, Annette Kotian, Pavitra Murali and Liela David were directed by the apex court to be arrested forthwith for the March 20 incident when one of them hurled a footwear at Justice Arijit Pasayat (since retired) in the court room during the hearing of a matter relating to the Boss School of Music.

While Parikh and Kotian, who were present in the courtroom, were taken into custody by the security, the apex court asked the Police Commissioners of Delhi and Mumbai to take steps to apprehend the other two women.

It also imposed a cost of Rs one lakh on each of them for filing frivolous petitions making wild allegations against the Constitutional office of the President, Prime Minister and court/judiciary.

The order was pronounced by a three-judge Bench comprising Justices Altamas Kabir, G S Singhvi and H L Dattu, which was constituted by the Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan after differences of opinion had cropped up between Justice Pasayat and Justice A K Ganguly whether a case of contempt was made out in the wake of the incident which was witnessed by several senior advocates and law officers.

Justice Pasayat, who was heading the Bench along with Justice Ganguly, was the target and had ordered three months imprisonment for the four women.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 19:53

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