A man has been sentenced to five years in jail by a Delhi court for "hoodwinking" the Supreme Court by submitting a false affidavit way back in 1998 to save himself from getting evicted from rented premises.
"Tampering with the records of judicial proceedings and filing of false affidavits in the court of law has become the tendency of many litigants. It causes obstruction in the due course of justice," Additional Sessions Judge Narinder Kumar said.
"It not only undermines the dignity of the court but also obstructs the free flow of justice. The stream of justice has to be kept pure, at all costs, and accordingly no person like the accused convict can be permitted to take liberties with law," the judge said, while sentencing south Delhi resident Mohan Singh, 54, to five years in jail and imposing a fine of Rs. 20,000.
The prosecution case was that in June 1981, an application under Delhi Rent Control Act was filed by one Amar Singh Sadana before the Additional Rent Controller, seeking permission for creation of tenancy for a limited period of two years in favour of Singh with respect of a single storey in East of Kailash.
The statement of both Singh and Sadana were recorded by the controller and a tenancy was created in Singh's name. When Singh refused to vacate the premises after two years, Sadana filed an execution application which was allowed by the rent control tribunal.
A revision petition filed by Singh before the Delhi High Court came to be dismissed. It led to the filing of a special leave petition (SLP) by Singh before the Supreme Court.