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OC embarrasses police authority

Agartala, June 19 (TIWN): The division bench of High Court of Tripura has asked Superintendent of Police (SP), West Bijoy Kumar Nag to inform the court on the arrest of a judicial officer by submitting an affidavit. After receiving notice on the alleged violation of Supreme court’s guidelines in arresting a judicial officer, the SP, West and Officer in Charge (OC) of New Capital Complex (NCC) Subrata Chakraborty appeared before the division bench comprising Chief Justice Deepk Gupta and Justice SC Das yesterday.

After hearing them, the bench asked the SP to submit an affidavit mentioning what was happened on June leading to the arrest of a first class judicial magistrate- Mutom Debbarma. Side by side, the court also asked to stop a probe on the incident initiated by DGP C. Balasubramanian. The court will hear the case on June 25 next and both the SP and OC will have to appear before the court personally.

According to legal analysts, the OC of NCC had grossly violated the Supreme court’s guidelines in arresting a judicial officer. While passing a judgment a case- Delhi Judicial Service Association, Tis Hazari court Vs. State of Gujarat and others in 1991, the apex court framed few specific guidelines while arresting a judicial officer.

The guidelines include judicial officer could not be arrested without prior permission from District court and concerned High Court, the police could not make the arrested judicial officer to undergo medical test, the arrested judicial officers should not be put behind the bar with other criminals or anti-social elements and  statement of judicial officer could not be recorded.

There are allegations the OC had violated most of the guidelines while dealing with the arrest of a judicial officer inviting embarrassment for the entire police establishment. 


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