HC hands over 7-day prison term to accused

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Mumbai, Oct 25 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today handed over a seven-day simple imprisonment term to an accused for making derogatory remarks against a Metropolitan Magistrate.

A division bench comprising Justice F I Rebello and Justice R M Sawant held Prakash Rangwala guilty under section 2 (c) (i) of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, and sent him to seven days simple imprisonment term. Rangwala instead of showing any remorse for his conduct in the Metropolitan Court, had tried to justify it in the High Court proceedings.

A Metropolitan Magistrate from the 31st court in Vikroli had referred to the court the contempt proceedings after Rangwala, an accused in a case registered with the Parksite police station, levelled wild and baseless allegations against him.

Rangwala had alleged that the Magistrate had accepted bribe of Rs 25,000 for acting against him.

During the contempt proceedings in the High Court, Rangwala had tried to justify his conduct and levelled further allegations against the lower court judge and thereby further aggravated the contempt, which ultimately culminated in the prison sentence.


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