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Judge who staged sit-in outside Madhya Pradesh HC suspended

Press Trust of India  |  Jabalpur 

The High has suspended on grounds of misconduct additional R K Shrivas, who recently staged a sit-in outside the alleging "wrongful" transfers.

"The administrative committee of High has taken a decision to suspend R K Shrivas yesterday. The orders of the same have been issued," the high court's Principal Registrar (Vigilance) Satyendra Kumar Singh said.

He, however, refused to share the reasons for the suspension of Shrivas.

The suspension orders, however, stated, "Whereas a departmental enquiry has been initiated against Shri R K Shrivas, the then officer on special duty, High Court of MP Jabalpur, presently posted as additional Neemuch for showing act of grave misconduct."

"And whereas, serious nature of acts of misconduct warrant his suspension from service," the orders issued by Principal Registrar (Vigilance) further added.

Shrivas maintained that he would continue his fight against the alleged injustice meted out to him.

Shrivas, who had assumed the charge as additional at Neemuch yesterday after recent transfer from Jabalpur, said that he received the orders by fax at 6 pm yesterday.

"I received orders by fax at 6 pm. I will be headquartered in Neemuch during this period. I will oppose this suppressive action," he added.

Shrivas had staged a sit-in in front of high court here for three days from August 1 in protest against his four transfers in the last 15 months which he said were in violation of transfer policy (for judicial officers).

Shrivas, who started as a Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) in 2000 was promoted as an additional district judge about three years ago.

He said that he had written to the Chief Justice of MP High Court and the Chief Justice of India (CJI) last year about rampant violation of Transfer Policy 2015, which allows a person to work at one place for a maximum period of three years.

Despite this rule, several officials in the judicial service are working in one place for as long as five years, he had alleged.

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First Published: Wed, August 09 2017. 17:42 IST