SC slams Lalit Modi, asks him to tender unconditional apology for his remarks against judiciary
New Delhi, April 13: Supreme Court has directed ex-IPL chairman Lalit Modi to tender an unconditional apology on social media platforms and national newspapers for his remarks against the judiciary.
A bench of Justices MR Shah and CT Ravikumar condemned Modi's remarks and warned him that any repeat of such conduct will be viewed "very seriously".
The panel stated that Modi is not above the law or the institution, and ordered him to file an affidavit before it tenders an apology.
The top court further said that affidavit has to state that no such posts on social media will be made in future which would be tantamount, even remotely, to tarnishing the image of the Indian judiciary.
While scheduling a hearing for April 24, the bench stated that it had reviewed Modi's counter-affidavit and was not at all satisfied with the explanation given.
According to contempt plea against Modi by Senior advocate CU Singh, he made a tweet on March 30, 2023 which tarnished the image of judiciary and made scandalous remarks against judges.
Previously, the Supreme Court, while hearing an application about Modi's remarks against senior advocate and former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, stated orally that lawyers should not get involved in a family outburst.
It had orally directed Lalit Modi's counsel, advocate Harish Salve, to use his "good office" and encourage his client to take "remedial measures."
Salve informed the bench that the post made against Rohatgi had been removed.
Lalit Modi commented on the Instagram post regarding Rohatgi. Later, he allegedly apologised to the senior advocate in another post.
Former Attorney General and prominent attorney Rohatgi is one among the lawyers representing Bina Modi, Lalit Modi's mother, in the vexatious property dispute.