New Delhi, Oct 14 (UNI) The Supreme Court today issued notices to private news channel NDTV on a petition filed by senior advocate R K Anand and another advocate I U Khan, who have been debarred from appearing in any court in Delhi for trying to influence a key witness in the 1999 BMW case.
A bench headed by Justice B N Agarwal issued notices to NDTV, the channel which had conducted the sting operation in which Anand was caught on camera, trying to win over key witness Sunil Kulkarni to save the main accused Sanjeev Nanda, grandson of former Indian Navy chief S N Nanda, and telling Kulkarni to demand Rs 5 crore from the Nandas for turning hostile. Anand was supposed to have 50 per cent share in the amount.
The Delhi High Court, after holding the two lawyers guilty of contempt of court for obstructing the course of justice, had directed that they both should not appear in the High Court and the courts subordinate to the High Court for four months. The High Court had also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 each on Anand and Khan.
The two had appealed against the High Court order in the apex court.
On the last date of hearing, the apex court had refused to stay the operation of the High Court orders.
Sanjeev Nanda, who had mowed down six people while driving his BMW in a drunken state had since been sentenced to five years imprisonment by the trial court.
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