Delhi High Court today asked a top official of DDCA and its advocate why contempt proceedings be not initiated against them for making comments in a letter accusing Justice Mukul Mudgal of “deliberately and wilfully disobeying” judicial orders appointing him as an observer to oversee the functioning of the cricketing body.
The High Court was aghast as DDCA President SP Bansal and advocate Gautam Dutta, who has given legal opinion, were contemplating moving a contempt petition against Mudgal, retired Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, for allegedly breaching its order by overseeing the administration of the DDCA.
Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Deepa Sharma took note of the submissions of Justice Mudgal’s counsel that Bansal and Dutta have deliberately interpreted wrongly the interim orders relating to the former judge to show that he has only been asked to oversee the holding of matches at Ferozshah Kotla and was never assigned to interfere into other affairs of DDCA.
“Prima facie it amounts to contempt of court’s order. It is aimed at obstructing the court’s proceedings. Notice is issued to advocate Gautam Dutta and S P Bansal for their replies on as to why contempt proceedings be not initiated against them for interpreting the court’s order,” the bench said.
The court also observed that it amounted to intimidating a person and the next man could also face such a situation.
Advocate Nitin Mishra, appearing for Justice Mudgal, placed before the bench the letters written yesterday by Bansal seeking legal opinion and the reply of Dutta sent this morning.