March 27, 2019
A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Justices Rohinton Nariman and Vineet Saran today barred advocate Mathews Nedumpara from practicing in the Supreme Court for a year for committing contempt of court. The court has also sentenced him to three months imprisonment.
The sentence will, however, remain suspended as long as Nedumpara abides by the undertaking he gave to the court that he would not “browbeat” the judges of the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court.
The court has also initiated fresh contempt of court proceedings against Nedumapara and three other lawyers from Bombay for sending a letter to the Chief Justice of India containing contemptuous allegations against the bench led by Justice Nariman. This case will be heard by another bench after obtaining orders from the CJI.
The court had held Nedumpara guilty of contempt on March 12, 2019. During the course of hearing, Nedumapara also tendered an unconditional apology to the Court.
Background of the Case
On March 12, 2019, the Supreme Court had found Nedumpara guilty of contempt of the court and observed-