Rao was held prima facie guilty of “contempt” last week for unilaterally transferring former joint director AK Sharma, who was supervising the probe into Bihar shelter home sexual abuse cases, without its approval.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna termed it “violation of its previous order which had directed that no officer involved in the probe be transferred without the court’s approval.” “We are going to take it very, very seriously. You have played with our order. Now God help you. Why did you not obtain leave of this court as per earlier orders? It is a fit case for contempt. Enough is enough,” the bench said in its order last week.
Rao on Monday filed an affidavit before the apex court tendering “unconditional and unqualified apology”. The Supreme Court had summoned Rao along with other officers, who were part of the decision.
Asserting that “perhaps on account of the pressure of work, there was a lapse and error of judgement” on his part, Rao has stated that “his actions were neither wilful nor with any contumacious intent.”
“It was never my intention to undermine the majesty of this honourable court, or to flout or circumvent any direction of this honourable court,” Rao added while requesting the apex court to accept his apology.