New Delhi (ILNS): A plea has come before the Supreme Court seeking initiation of a criminal contempt proceedings against the police officials who allegedly assaulted a District judge in Aurangabad in Bihar last month.
The bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Ajay Rastogi today asked petitioner advocate Vishal Tiwari to amend his petition to include the name of the officer against whom the allegation has been made.
Tiwari also seeks action against other senior police officials, including the Director General of Police, Bihar and Superintendent of Police, Aurangabad for their alleged inaction.
The plea further seeks lodging of FIR in the matter against the erring police officials and direction to all state governments to ensure and take safety and security measures for the judicial officers of the Subordinate judiciary in their respective states.
The matter relates to an incident in Auarangabad where a District Judge was threatened and chased by a police sub-inspector (SI) and other police personnel when he was on evening walk last month.
The petitioner has submitted: “Attack and assault upon the judges and magistrates by police not only lowers the dignity of judiciary but it also leaves the impression in the minds of public that when the judicial officers are not safe from police atrocities than what safety public will aspect.
“The judges of Subordinate judiciary are the vital part of our judicial system. Assault upon them with the feeling of grudge is the assault upon the dignity and supremacy of the Judiciary of this country which cannot be tolerated and requires strict punishment against the erring police officials under the contempt law,” says the petition.
The bench today listed the matter after two weeks and, in the meantime, the officer against whom allegations have been made should be made a party to the case.