The Supreme Court registrar has pulled up the registry for not complying a court order.
Registrar Rajesh Kumar Goel noticed that it was on 24th October 2018 that the court had directed the Commissioner of Police, Ahmedabad to arrest Pareshbhai Babulal Shah immediately and had also directed the registry to list the matter after 10 days along with the proof of arrest.
"Surprisingly, till date, it is not on record whether the petitioner has been arrested or not. It appears that even the Registry has taken the things so lightly despite the Order of the Hon'ble Court", said the Registrar in his order.
He also directed the registry to give a report on this matter, within 3 working days, after verifying from the Commissioner of Police, Ahmedabad immediately as to whether he has been arrested or not.
Pareshbhai Babulal Shah had filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court against the Gujarat High Court order which had refused to modify a condition imposed by it while granting anticipatory bail to him in the year 2012.
Shah was a director of a private company in Ahmedabad. The case against him was that, he avoided the payment of huge amount of Value Added Tax (VAT) by creating bogus and forged documents and by using TIN Numbers of those business persons whose TIN Numbers had been held ab initio void and were cancelled.
The SLP came before the bench comprising Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice Deepak Gupta on 24th October, last year, and the order read thus: "The Commissioner of Police, Ahmedabad is directed to arrest the petitioner immediately since he has failed to comply with the condition of deposit of amount subject to which he was granted anticipatory bail. After enjoying the benefit of anticipatory bail for 5 years, the petitioner now wants a deletion of that condition. We will take up the matter for consideration after arrest is effected. List the matter after 10 days along with proof of arrest of the petitioner."