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Sends bad message to other efficient judges: Supreme Court advises Patna High Court to drop case against POCSO judge

Interestingly, the petitioner had, in November 2021, convicted and sentenced a man to life imprisonment for sexual assault of a minor after having heard the case for one day.

In his plea before the top court, Rai alleged that he had received death threats after he passed that order.

“Institutional bias against the petitioner as the judgements of the petitioner in Spl. POCSO Case No. 01/2022 giving capital punishment to the accused Md. Major in four working days of trial and in Spl. POCSO Case No. 36/2021 giving punishment of life imprisonment in one working day of trial had caught immense media attention and was widely reported and appreciated by the government as well as by the public,” the plea stated.

It was also pointed out the suspension order and pending disciplinary proceedings against him did not record any reasons and has led to mental pain “as he stands condemned for an action that otherwise garnered the praise of the State.”

He further contended that as per Rule 6 (7) of the Bihar Judicial Service (Classification, Control & Appeal) Rules of 2020, his suspension ought to be revoked by now as no chargesheet has been framed till date.

Source: Barandbench

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