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Object is to weed out dishonest, corrupt and deadwood: Orissa High Court upholds compulsory retirement of judicial officer

The petitioner in the case, a judicial officer, was given compulsory retirement on his attaining 50 years of age in terms of Rule 44 of the Orissa Judicial Services Rules. While serving at an earlier post, he faced allegations of passing discriminatory orders. The High Court, however, had let him off with a warning back then.

Later, while serving at Daringibadi in 2006, similar allegations surfaced against him. He was alleged to have dealt with bail petitions indiscriminately in different cases while showing favour to a particular advocate; rejected the prayer for bail of an applicant arbitrarily and again granted him bail after one day; passed orders for release of property in a particular case arbitrarily; and advanced the date in a criminal case, framed charges, examined witnesses and posted a case for judgment in one single day, without giving any notice to the prosecutor.

Based on these charges, and his track record, the Full Court of the Orissa High Court recommended his compulsory retirement, which was accepted by the State government.

Source: Barandbench

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