Apex court asks CBI to arrest Pappu Yadav

August 6th, 2010 - 10:09 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 6 (IANS) The Supreme Court has asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to arrest “forthwith” mafia don-turned-politician Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, who is absconding after his bail was cancelled by the apex court May 3 this year.
“We are surprised to note that despite cancellation of bail of the accused by this court, neither the accused has surrendered nor he has been taken into custody,” said the apex court bench of Justices Markandey Katju and A.K. Patnaik.

The court directed the CBI and the Bihar Director General of Police to execute its order forthwith. The bench passed the order after hearing the review petition Thursday. The court has asked the CBI to submit the compliance report in four weeks time.

Dismissing the petition seeking the review of the apex court’s order cancelling Pappu Yadav’s bail, the court said: “We have carefully gone through the review petition and the connected papers as also the application for exemption from surrendering. We do not find any merit therein and they are dismissed accordingly.”

While cancelling the bail, the apex court had said in the wake of apex court orders of 2007, the high court should not have passed the order granting bail to Pappu Yadav.

The apex court said the high court’s action granting bail to Pappu Yadav was contemptuous. The CBI had moved the apex court for the cancellation of Pappu Yadav’s bail. The high court had granted bail to Pappu Yadav in February 2009.

It may be recalled that Pappu Yadav was sentenced to life imprisonment by the trial court for his involvement in Communist Party of India-Marxist MLA Ajit Sarkar’s murder.

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