The Supreme Court on Thursday took a dim view of contempt committed by the former interim Director of CBI, M Nageshwar Rao while transferring an officer despite an order by the top court’s order ruling against it.
A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna came down heavily on Rao, who was appointed as the interim chief of the CBI after the Centre’s Narendra Modi government removed Alok Verma from his post last month. Directing Rao to personally appear before it on 12 February, the Supreme Court bench, according to NDTV, said, “God help you.’
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to M Nageshwar Rao
God Help You
The top court was unhappy with the transfer of former CBI Joint Director AK Sharma, who was probing the atrocities committed at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur. The court demanded to know the names of other officials, who were involved in processing Sharma’s transfer to the CRPF on 17 January without seeking the permission from the Supreme Court. Chief Justice Gogoi asked, “How can he be transferred by the Centre when the Supreme Court said he must not be shifted?”
On 12 February, Rao will have to appear before the Supreme Court along other officials in processing Sharma’s transfer.
Soon after Rao was given the charge of the federal probe agency, Rao had ordered the transfers of Sharma along with five other officers, who were probing serious allegations of corruption against Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat-cadre IPS officer and the then Special Director of the CBI.
How can he (CBI officer Sharma) be transferred by the Centre when the Supreme Court said he must not be shifted?
The Supreme Court on Thursday also came down heavily on Bihar’s Nitish Kumar government for violating its order in the transfer of Sharma.
“Enough is enough. We will ask Bihar Chief Secretary to appear before us. Get someone here who is conversed to what is happening in the state. You can’t let your officers treat unfortunate children like this. Spare the children,” ANI had quoted CJI Gogoi as saying.