The Center on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it may not be “feasible” and “advisable” to have a national level security force like CISF to protect judges across the country.
The top court, which was hearing a suo motu case related to the security of judges and lawyers across the country. Judicial officer murdered in DhanbadSeveral states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jharkhand were upset that they had not filed their replies.
A bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Aniruddha Bose gave a week’s time to the states to file their response, detailing the steps taken to ensure the safety of judges and if they do not submit it. So besides demanding the presence of Chief Secretaries a fine of Rs. One lakh each will be imposed on them.
The top court also allowed the apex bar body, the Bar Council of India, to be a party to the matter and file its reply.
Initially, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, said the issue related to the security of judges is a “serious matter”.
Referring to the Centre’s reply, he said there is a mechanism and the Union Home Ministry had issued guidelines in 2007 saying there should be special units to look after the security of judges.
Terming the issue as administrative, the bench asked whether the Center was ready to mobilize a force like CISF or Railway Protection Force for judges and judicial officers in the country.
“We have said that it may not be appropriate or feasible for judges to have a national level security force like CISF (Central Industrial Security Force),” the law officer said. “We have issued guidelines and they have been kept on record. There is a need to ensure full implementation of the guidelines of MHA by the States and Union Territories (UTs) instead of creating a special or dedicated police force,” he said.
The bench asked the law officer to call a meeting of all the states and take a decision to resolve the problem.
The Solicitor General said that a meeting of Home Secretaries or State Police Chiefs can be called on this issue.
“You (Kendra) are the best person to do it. The states are now saying that they do not have funds for CCTV. You have to resolve these issues between yourself and the states. We do not want to call these excuses,” the bench said.
Earlier, considering the “seriousness” of the matter, the apex court had asked Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court to supervise weekly CBI probe On July 28, in connection with the alleged murder of District and Sessions Judge-8 Uttam Anand of Dhanbad Court with a vehicle.
The top court also referred to the “dangerous situation” in the country where judicial officers and lawyers are being pressured and intimidated, and said there is an institutional need to create an environment where judicial officers feel safe and secure. Do it.
CCTV footage showed that the judge was walking on one side of a very wide road at Randhir Verma Chowk in Dhanbad in the early hours of July 28 when a heavy auto-rickshaw came towards him, hit him from behind and fled the spot. went. The hospital declared him brought dead.
Jharkhand government The investigation was handed over to the CBI.
The bench had also observed: “Besides the specific incident in question, this Court has also taken up this matter to take note of the efforts to resolve the alarming situation in the country where judicial officers and lawyers are being pressurized and being bullied. Threats, and/or actual violence.” “Therefore, there is an institutional need to create an environment where judicial officers feel safe and secure,” it said.
On August 6, a CJI-led bench had expressed concern over incidents of judges receiving threatening and derogatory messages and observed that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the CBI were “no help at all” to the judiciary and had no independence. There is judicial officer also to make such complaint.
It said there are several criminal cases involving gangsters and high-profile persons and in some places, trial courts as well as judges of high courts have been threatened not only physically but also mentally through WhatsApp or abusive messages. is going. Facebook.
Earlier, the apex court had taken cognizance of the unfortunate tragic demise of the judge in a gruesome incident on July 30 and sought a status report within a week on the probe from the Jharkhand Chief Secretary and the DGP.
By Naveen Bharat
Jharkhand High Court also ordered SIT probe into Anand’s deathLed by Additional Director General of Police Sanjay Latkar.
Jharkhand Police had arrested two people, auto driver Lakhan Verma and his assistant Rahul Verma, in connection with the case. The arrests were made after the recovery of the three-wheeler involved in the incident, said senior superintendent of police, Dhanbad, Sanjeev Kumar, adding that the three-wheeler recovered from Giridih is registered in the name of a woman.