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SC holds ex-CBI interim chief Nageswara Rao guilty of contempt, summons him

NEW DELHI: Slamming the CBI for unilaterally transferring an officer who asked by means of the courtroom to supervise the probe into Bihar safe haven home rape instances, the Supreme Court on Thursday mentioned the then interim leader of the company L Nageswara Rao was once responsible of “general contempt” and summoned him in conjunction with other officers who had been part of the verdict.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna was once incandescent when it learnt that joint director A Okay Sharma was once shifted out of CBI in violation of its previous order which had directed that no officer involved in the probe be transferred without the courtroom’s approval.

“We are going to take it very, very significantly. You have performed with our order. Now God can help you. Why did you no longer download depart of this courtroom as per previous orders. It is a have compatibility case for contempt. Enough is sufficient,” the bench told the CBI counsel who mentioned two officers — Rao and S Bhasuram, director of prosecution — had been involved in the resolution to switch Sharma.

The SC, while ordering a CBI probe in November against all 17 safe haven properties where children had been allegedly tortured and sexually abused, had asked the company not to tinker with the group probing the instances without its approval and directed that Sharma would supervise the probe. The officer, alternatively, was once shifted out of CBI to CRPF on January 18 without the courtroom’s permission.

The bench was once shocked to learn about the officer’s switch while perusing CBI’s latest status report at the probe. A visibly upset CJI mentioned the courtroom would no longer tolerate violation of its order and sought a proof. It directed the company to be ready with all main points and furnish names of officers who took the verdict to switch Sharma. It posted the listening to after lunch at 2 pm, giving the company two hours to assemble all information.

“Why have you ever executed this? Why has this officer been transferred? This cannot move on like this. We are very taken with our order. Was the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) knowledgeable about our previous order?” the bench asked.

Within an hour, CBI ready its affidavit and placed it prior to the courtroom. The company knowledgeable the courtroom that the ACC was once no longer knowledgeable about the SC order and the verdict to shift Sharma was once taken by means of the then CBI interim leader.

“In these instances, we believe that S Bhasuram and M Nageswara Rao have committed contempt of courtroom,” the bench mentioned and directed them to appear on February 12. It additionally directed the CBI director to furnish names of all officials who processed the record to switch Sharma by means of February 11 and directed them to appear prior to it in conjunction with Rao and Bhasuram.

Sensing that the courtroom had virtually held Rao and Bhasuram responsible of contempt of courtroom, CBI’s counsel pleaded with the bench to tone down its order by means of conserving them “prima facie” responsible of contempt. The CJI, alternatively, mentioned “it is general contempt”.

Doubting the Bihar executive’s intent in bringing the culprits to ebook for allegedly torturing and sexually abusing children in safe haven properties, the SC had in November handed over the probe in all such instances to CBI which was once already investigating the Muzaffarpur safe haven home case.

Cases of harassment and sexual abuse had been reported in 17 of the 110 safe haven properties which were audited by means of Tata Institute of Social Sciences. The institute had put those properties below the class of grave worry and submitted its report to the state in May but no motion was once taken by means of the federal government till the Muzaffarpur case got here to light.

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