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Fine for misleading apex court

Ranchi, Sept. 22: Swearing a false affidavit in court has cost a private company Rs 10 lakh.

Jharkhand High Court, taking cognisance of the fact that a false affidavit had been filed before the Supreme Court, today slapped a fine of Rs 10 lakh on Scimed Overseas Inc, a private concern dealing in laying gas pipelines in medical institutions.

A division bench comprising Justice M.Y. Eqbal and Justice D.K. Sinha directed the firm to deposit the amount.

The matter relates to a tender floated by the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) for installation of oxygen and other gas pipelines to all wards and intensive care units in the institute. The tender involving Rs 5 crore was floated in February 2007 and it was awarded to M/s Scimed Overseas Incfor. But M/s BOC Limited, challenged the RIMS decision. The high court, however, dismissed the petition twice and the matter reached the Supreme Court. The apex court then remanded the matter back to the high court for fresh appreciation of the matter.

A single bench of the high court took up the matter again and observed that since the work was on the verge of completion, a fresh tender would not be feasible.

But BOC again appealed before the high court. The petitioner told the court that a “misleading” affidavit had been filed by RIMS in the Supreme Court declaring that the tender work had been completed. The high court then appointed a one-man committee to investigate the matter, which stated that the work was not complete as sworn on affidavit before the Supreme Court. The high court directed the RIMS to show cause why a misleading affidavit was filed and fined the private company.

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