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SC asks Jharkhand HC to probe ex-minister's bail order

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme has asked the acting chief justice of the High to conduct an enquiry into the issue of contradictory orders by it in the bail application of former minister Yogendra Sao in a case of violence related to alleged land

A bench of justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao said Acting Chief Justice D N Patel may appoint an independent officer to look into the alleged irregularities, noting it was a "serious matter" which could "bring the administration of justice into disrepute".


The top asked Justice Patel to get an enquiry done into the circumstances under which the contradictory orders were passed, how they got uploaded in the high website and later removed.

It said that a report shall be submitted to the apex in a sealed cover within four weeks with appropriate comments of acting chief justice, if any.

The apex court's direction came on a plea of legislator from Barkagaon in Nirmala Devi against the rejection of bail order by the high in a case related to violence in the constituency.

The bench noted that orders passed by the high in the two bail applications of Nirmala Devi and Yogendera Sao were in two parts each.

It said that in the case of Nirmala Devi the parts of the order had similar reasons and concluded that her bail plea be rejected.

While in the case of her husband Yogendra Sao, the first part contained reasons to deny him bail and was signed by the judge who gave the order, it said.

However, in the second part, the judge had given reasons for grant of bail, the top said.

Senior advocate Vivek Tankha, appearing for Nirmala Devi, said that the second part of both the orders were initially uploaded on the website of the high but subsequently removed and were not there on the website.

"We consider this to be a serious matter and having a tendency to bring the administration of justice into disrepute," the apex said.

"We request the chief justice of the High to conduct an enquiry, or to have it conducted by a suitable independent officer, into the orders and determine how the above orders came into existence and the state in which they were uploaded on the website and removed," the bench said.

Both Nirmala Devi and Sao were accused in the case pertaining to violent clashes between villagers and police in 2016 in which four persons were killed.

Nirmala Devi had led the agitation against National Thermal Power Corporation authorities for their alleged attempt to forcefully evacuate villagers from Barkagaon without giving them due compensation or rehabilitation.

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First Published: Wed, November 15 2017. 17:32 IST
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