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February 12, 2019 15:33
For Contempt of Court, SC Punishes Top CBI Officer Nageshwar Rao

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Supreme Court of India came down heavily on former Interim Director of the CBI M.Nageshwar Rao on Tuesday on the transfer of the CBI officer AK Sharma who was investigating the Muzaffarpur shelter home case.

Nageshwar Rao, a senior CBI officer and Additional legal advisor S.Bhasuran both were held for guilty of contempt and punished in the same manner.

Appearing On behalf of Central Bureau of Investigation, Attorney General K Venugopal told the top court that it was a series of mistakes and said; “They have unconditionally apologised and they have not done at this willfully

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna hearing the contempt case.

After the hearing to Attorney General, In response Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi slammed both the CBI officers and said they went against the court’s order and issued the transfer orders, “For contempt of court we impose a fine of Rs 1lakh and gave him a week to deposit.”

CJI Ranjan Gogoi told Nageshwar Rao and Bhasuran, “You both go and sit in one corner of the court till we rise.”

When KK Venugopal told the Supreme court that Nageshwar Rao had an “unblemished career”, the Chief Justice of India (CJI) said since he had effected a contempt of court, “there will be a mark on his career”.

“He has an unblemished track record of 32 years. Please kindly adopt merciful approach as he has tendered apologies,” attorney general had said.

Nageshwar Rao filed an affidavit in response to a contempt notice given to him on February 7 said, “I sincerely realise my mistake and while tendering my unqualified and unconditional apology, I especially state I have not willfully violated the order of this court as I cannot even dream of violating or circumventing order of this court,” he said in the affidavit.

He admitted that in view of the previous Supreme Court orders “I ought not have agreed with the legal advice for relieving A K Sharma even in his promotion without prior approval of this court”.

On February 7, Supreme court came down heavily on the CBI for transferring CBI officer Ak Sharma, who was investigating Muzaffarpur shelter home case.

In contempt of the court’s order he was directed to appear before the court on Feb 12.

-Sai Kumar

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