The Gauhati High Court on Tuesday slapped a cost of Rs 50,000 on 'Super 30' fame mathematician Anand Kumar for his failure to appear before the court despite repeated directions for his personal appearance.
A bench of Chief Justice Ajai Lamba and Justice Achintya Malla Bujor Barua expressed displeasure over Anand's disobedience of their orders and asked him to be personally present before it on November 28 i.e. Thursday.
The cost of Rs 50,000 when paid would be distributed equally among a student named Abhishek Sharma and four others who had come before court after learning about the PIL filed by four students from the Northeast India and at present studying at IIT Guwahati.
Abhishek also claims to have been cheated by Kumar.
Kumar, along with ex-Bihar DGP Abhayanand had conceptualized Super 30 to teach poor students from Bihar to crack IIT JEE. Abhayanand parted ways with Kumar in 2008 due to violation of mutual agreement.
In the PIL moved by four IIT students through advocate Amit Goyal, it is alleged that a large number of students from North East, who had approached "self-proclaimed mathematician" Kumar "to be enrolled in 'Super-30', were admitted by him in a coaching institute by the name of "Ramanujan School of Mathematics", by charging an amount of Rs 33,000 per student and that it now appears that the respondent No.8 is not, in fact, running any Super-30 classes after the year 2008".
The court had in September sought Kumar's personal appearance but he sought adjournment. On the next date of hearing in November, he again sought adjournment following which the bench posted the matter for November 26.
On November 26 also Kumar did not appear before the court and his counsel informed the bench that Kumar was in London and although he has returned back to the country, he has not been able to appear in the court.
At this the bench said, "We deprecate the conduct of Respondent No.8 in not abiding by Court's direction, as the Court has been informed that Respondent No.8 did not have any medical emergency.
"Be that as it may, considering the request coming from a senior counsel practising in this Court, we direct Respondent No.8 to appear on 28th November, 2019".
"Some of the persons affected, allegedly by action of Respondent No.8, are present in Court. The said persons had to travel long distance. Considering the conduct of Respondent No.8, we hereby direct Respondent No.8 to pay cost in the sum of Rs.50,000/-. Rs.10,000/- each would be paid to (i) Abhishek Sharma, (ii) Saukat Ali, (iii) Shailesh Kumar Chaturvedi, (iv) Sanju Sharma, and (v) Binod Kumar Sharma to be paid on 28.11.2019. The said persons would be at liberty to appear on 28.11.2019," it ordered.