A top officer of CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) M Nageswara Rao was found guilty of contempt for ordering the transfer order of an investigating officer of Bihar government-run shelter home sexual abuse case by the Supreme Court today. Chief Justice of Indian, Ranjan Gogoi said, “It’s not an error. It’s willful disobedience,” also found the CBI’s Director of Prosecution S Bhasu Ram, accused of the contempt.
Dismisses their apology, the officers were fined Rs. 1 lakh each and asked them to sit in the corner of the court till it rises for the day, in an unusual ‘punishment’.
Ahead of accepting the request of the Attorney General for lenience, the court said that “we can send you to jail for up to 30 days.”
During his tenure, Mr. Rao had taken the decisions as the agency’s interim chief, on Monday had apologized to the Supreme Court, claims that he even cannot ‘dream’ of violating its order.
In an affidavit filed in the top court, the officer had said that he accepts the mistake of not seeking permission before drafting the transfer order investigating the Muzaffarpur shelter home cases.
Mr. Rao’s affidavit reads, “I sincerely realize 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.”
Last Thursday, the Supreme Court had held Mr. Rao in contempt for moving out AK Sharma as a part of the overnight mass transfer, which followed by public feud between CBI former Director Alok Verma and Deputy-Chief Rakesh Asthana.
During the last hearing, Chief justice Ranjan Gogoi had told Mr. Rao that “you have played with our orders, God help you.”